September 28, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Spanish college students turn hardwoods into furniture items for Slow Spain

Spanish design pupils employed purple oak, maple, cherry and tulip woods to produce home furnishings pieces for Sluggish Spain: Gradual home furnishings for rapid improve, an exhibition by the American Hardwood Export Council at Madrid Style and design Pageant.

A side table that doubles as a lamp, a modular shelving device and a backless chair were being among the the models developed by 17 college college students for the exhibition, which aims to check out American hardwoods and aware product and household furniture consumption.

Best: Habi cot is remaining exhibited at Gradual Spain. Higher than: Leve Mon Verre is a drinks cabinet by Cèlia Anglés

“Red oak, maple, cherry and tulipwood are not employed commonly in Europe, they are applied very very little in Spain,” said American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) European director David Venables.

“But they are 50 for every cent of all our trees. We will need to believe much broader and use more wood and be prepared to use diverse components as fashions and trends can in some cases be a barrier to accomplishment,” Venables advised Dezeen.

A modular shelving unit
Scaffold by Arnau Anoro can be reconfigured

Slow Spain was on clearly show at Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, a theatre and cultural centre and 1 of Madrid Structure Festival’s major exhibition venues.

Designers Natale Armendáriz, Jon Calleja, Nora Etxeberria, Ane Ozkoidi, Eli Yang, Anna Perathoner and Arnau Anoro all exhibited modular household furniture patterns that accommodate versatile existence.

A cot that can be reworked into a apparel rail as soon as the newborn has grown up and a shelving unit with detachable panels had been among the types.

A wooden chair at Slow Spain exhibition
Daniela González Martínez designed a chair knowledgeable by Japanese craftsmanship

Other items by the college students, which arrived from nine Spanish style universities, have been built as solutions to traditional items these types of as desks and chairs.

Daniela González Martínez made a chair that draws on Japanese craftsmanship, while Leve Mon Verre by Cèlia Anglés is a beverages cabinet that invitations people to interact as they have a consume.

In line with AHEC’s ethos, which champions the use of sustainable and tough resources, some of the patterns have been wooden versions of home furnishings that is often made from plastic.

These included Töei by Alejandro Lorca, Elena Romero and Cristina Urbano, a back garden seat for out of doors use that was manufactured from American tulipwood. It was created to cocoon end users when sitting down inside, in an energy to stimulate rest and shelter from the outdoors entire world.

Garden seating made from American tulipwood
Töei was built to encourage gradual residing

To create the objects, the learners worked underneath the guidance of three Spanish designers – Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter of Studio Inma Bermúdez, Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and Jorge Penadés.

AHEC then took the college students to the production website La Navarra in Madrid, wherever renowned architects and designers have earlier experienced their designs made.

Here, the students noticed the items remaining handcrafted and discovered about the specific carpentry and joinery procedures.

The resulting types demonstrate the distinct wood attributes and features. Berta Albiac Adell, Queralt Font Sabadell and Albert Roca Nonell selected to perform with American maple for its light-weight tones for their bedside table.

In the meantime, Jonathan Paige made a decision to use American pink oak for his easel-cum-desk piece, which is held collectively with dovetail joints. Somewhere else, Blas by Sheila Valle García was produced from American tulipwood since of its veiny overall look and adjustments in tones.

A market stool with green upholstery
Sheila Valle García utilised American tulipwood due to the fact of its tonal variation

The hope was that students would attain awareness and knowledge about the distinctive species of wooden and that they may perhaps take into account using American hardwoods in upcoming tasks.

“Slow is about schooling and chance,” mentioned Venables. “We have tried to fill the gap in layout instruction which normally does not deliver an in-depth expertise for style and design students to understand about and get the job done with hardwood resources.”

According to AHEC, American hardwoods are rising at a significantly higher rate than it is harvested, creating them a sustainable content alternative for designers.

A wooden light
Pami is a bedside table and lamp blended into one particular

The college students getting portion in the exhibition came from EASD Escola d’Art i Excellent de Disseny de València, Elisava Escola Universitària de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona, ESDAP Campus Llotja – Escola Excellent Disseny i d’Arts Plàstiques de Catalunya, ESDi Escola Remarkable de Disseny (Sabadell), ESDIR (Escuela Superior de Diseño de la Rioja), ESNE Escuela universitaria de diseño, innovación y tecnología, IED Barcelona, IED Madrid and Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

Other exhibitions by AHEC include Forest Tales by Studio Swine, which noticed packing crates form an set up at Milan Style 7 days 2022 and As well Great to Waste, a playful exhibition of wooden furniture by Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue.

Slow Spain: Sluggish home furniture for rapid alter is on show at Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa as component of Madrid Structure Pageant 2023, which can take put from 14 February to 12 March. See Dezeen Functions Guidebook for information and facts about the lots of other exhibitions, installations and talks using spot during the month.

The pictures is courtesy of AHEC.

Project credits:

Designers: Jonathan Paige, Berta Albiac Adell, Queralt Font Sabadell, Albert Roca Nonell, Cèlia Anglés, Arnau Anoro, Sheila Valle García, Alejandro Lorca, Elena Romero, Cristina Urbano, Eli Yang, Anna Perathoner, Daniela González Martínez, Natale Armendáriz, Jon Calleja, Nora Etxeberria, Ane Ozkoidi
Mentors: Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter, Álvaro Catalán de Ocón, Jorge Penadés
Companions: American Hardwood Export Council, Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, La Navarra, Madrid Layout Competition, Onesta