A Softly Winded Chair

By Faysal Tabbarah (Architecture + Other Things)

Faysal Tabbarah’s A Softly Winded Chair dramatically contrasts its underlying chaotic structure – formed from found tree branches – with the precise engineering of the pliable knitted textiles that wrap around each branch. In doing so, it offers a thought-provoking blurring of natural and synthetic materials.

A Softly Winded Chair consists of a bundlen of fallen branches sourced from around the United Arab Emirates which have subsequently been partly clad in the Apparel textile from Kvadrat Febrik.

Each branch has been digitally scanned and analysed to ensure that it is suitable for its load-bearing function as a seat. Once analysed, the exposed parts of the branches have been sanded to achieve a smooth and uniform surface. The flexible knitted textile, functioning as a sock or cushioning band, creates uniformity while still allowing the ends of the branches to appear in all their naturally contoured variability.

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