Creative Cabinets Designed with “Whittled” Curls of Wood Revealing Colorful Layer Underneath

Whittle Away Cabinet by Stoft Studio

Drawn together by “a common fascination for how things move, sound and feel,” the Swedish Design firm Stoft Studio consists of three designers: Jenny Ekdahl, Ola Nystedt, and Joel Herslow. Their latest collection of colorful cabinets entitled Whittle Away is an attempt to portray their collective “design DNA.”

Commissioned for the “What’s your DNA?” exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2017, the Whittle Away Cabinets are inspired by flaking tree bark and how wood curls when whittled. Each piece features a thin pine wood outer-layer that coils—at varying lengths—to reveal an underlying layer of colorful wooden panels that were dyed using natural algae paint. The intent of the colorful planks is to to present something new, something fresh—a metaphorically untouched form of natural beauty. This is expressed through contemporary hues of pinks and grays, juxtaposed against the unfinished wood, which together represent a “cross-fertilized, ambiguous DNA.”

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The Whittle Away cabinets by Stoft Studio are inspired by flaking tree bark and whittled wood curls.

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The cabinets come in two variations: one larger free standing one, and another smaller, wall-mounted version.

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The upper-layer has been peeled away to reveal colored panels dyed with natural algae paint.

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h/t: [Design Milk, Contemporist]

All images via Stoft Studio.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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