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A plank cut into four, assembled into a square and rounded.

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Structura is an artisanal furniture building system (or principle) based on simple, intuitive structures (often) realised by peasants with available material – paired with Japanese construction details.
The structure consists of horizontal and vertical slats fixed in only one point: the vertical board inserted between the horizontal slats prevents the vertical slats from hanging down (rotation).
Each element – board, slat, wedge – is indispensable for the construction respectively for its stability: the vertical boards support the horizontal slats and the horizontal boards – the wedges fix the vertical boards and counterbalance the shrinking or swelling of the vertical boards.


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Magasin is an accessories collection comprising containers, vases and pedestals made from ash, glass and stone for offices and homes. The geometrical (square, round) forms are based on specific functions found in an office (A4) or in a home, kitchen (food). All containers are combining the rectangular and the circular plan resulting in soft, rounded volumes: the round and the rectangular containers are equally produced starting with five planks assembled to an open box. The initial form (box) is perceptible due to five clear joint lines and different grain development: the round boxes are additionally visually divided in four segments due to light and shadow creating a difference in brightness between each segment – a subtle ornament.
The production method reminds of the craft of a cooper (bucket): a container is produced by repeatedly assembling the same wooden segment.
The accessories are conceived for sorting or storing in the office and kitchen or as a decorative element for living.

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Irregular Symmetry is an attempt to visualise Soetsu Yanagi’s theory about Beauty, contrasting Western (machine made) and Oriental (hand made or grown) ideas of beauty.
«The ideal of Greek beauty hardly permits of irregularity or asymmetry, for it was founded upon the symmetry of the human body. By contrast the Oriental found irregular beauty in nature outside the human form. … From this causation, man of the West brought about the age of the machine, while the man of the East is still largely dependent upon the hand.» from The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty (from the chapter The Beauty of Irregularity).

Charrin is a serving trolley for chef Andreas Caminada and his restaurant Schloss Schauenstein. The trolley has two different positions: a compact shelf-like for storing, transporting and an open table-like to present the cheese course. The cheese selection is arranged in the office on 24 white, washable plastic (PE) boards. The trolley is driven to the guest and transformed with one movement from a shelf to a table: fixed with a key.
The additional trolley with an ash cabinet is conceived for transporting cutlery, dishes, bread, dried meat and chutneys: the trolley is placed with the back board towards the guest, staging a calm background.

Product development with Christophe Guberan.

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