Wood is a natural, warm and friendly material full of character. It’s also a great material to work with. And that’s maybe one of the main reasons why designers like this material so much. But working with wood also results in a lot of wood waste like chips and scrap.
I know that this can be used for energy consumption. But there must be other ways to use wood waste. And there are: for instance Table Design by Oppewal, a puzzle-like creation, and Waste Waste by Piet Hein Eek. Both great examples of how to upcycle wood scrap and chips.
Wood waste with aesthetic beauty
I’ve already shared my jigsaw memories from the time when I was a kid. Being someone who completed quite a few puzzles, I was intrigued by Oppewal’s design. And now I found another upcycle design collection that uses that same concept.
The collection is called Zero Per Project and consists of stools and coasters. The project is a creation by Hattern, a creative company based in Seoul | South Korea and founded by Jang Won, Kyungsun Hwang and Minah Kimhwang.
Hattern is an upcycling design studio which creates patterns from waste. Zero Per Project is the result of searching for another way to create a chair. Normally manufacturing of wooden stools causes massive waste. The production of the stool designed by Hattern uses a hybrid wood technique that doesn’t generate offcuts. This technique is a combination of wood waste with resin that’s solidified after it’s poured into a mold. At Hattern they’re trying to use eco-friendly resin. The translucent resin fills the spaces between the legs offcuts and thereby creates an amazing look.
Zero Per Stool consists of two parts which are White Oak legs and the stool’s seat where the hybrid wood technique is applied. The waste produced from the product is almost reduced to 0%. Smaller offcuts from the stool are turned into the Zero Per Coaster.
Photos © Hattern
Every stool seat and coaster has different compositions and characteristics. They are unique due to the interesting puzzle made out of wood waste pieces and various color combinations of the translucent resin.
The collection shows a combination of upcycle and recycle design furniture which is practical and shows a new aesthetic beauty.