Created from within: Collection made from wood dyed from the inside

20 : 10 : 2014 Raw Edges : Endgrain : Brussels Design September 2014

London – Raw-Edges’ Endgrain collection is made using the natural process of transpiration, in which wood draws water to its outer surface, to dye timber and present a new method of creating veneers.

 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges
 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges
 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges
 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges
 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges 'Endgrain' by Raw-Edges

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, the creative duo behind the design studio, made blocks of colour by soaking the timber in pigment, before cutting it up and glueing their 3D designs together. The furniture, commissioned by a private collector, was then shaped in a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine to form table tops, shelves, stools and other smaller objects that show how the dye has been absorbed into the wood.

‘We liked the idea of taking a technology that has been around for many years and presenting it in a different way,’ Alkalay tells LS:N Global. ‘Veneers only create patterns on the surface, but we wanted to show how the colours and patterns run all the way through the wood.’

Endgrain was shown at Brussels Design September 2014, an annual month-long event in the Belgian capital, and is now kept in the Senne gallery, an independent, non-commercial space.

Read our Stockholm Design Week 2014 report for more on how designers are exploring new aesthetic possibilities for timber.

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