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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