Introducing the Branchmark Table (3) and (8), designed by Gert Wingardh and Sara Heler for Zanat. The idea behind this table is to celebrate the joy of vertical forces via a remarkably stable wonder on three legs. One of the legs is branching for added sturdiness and character. Leg endings, one of them hand-carved, create playful marks on the surface of the table top, while the art of craft is celebrated through the hand-carved “Unicorn” leg.
Background: A family of Bosnian woodworkers with a generations-old woodcarving technique that is on its way to UNESCO’s “Intangible Heritage list” recognition has teamed up with some of Scandinavia’s most famous modern designers—Monica Forster, Gert Wingardh, and Harri Koskinen—to produce a new line of furniture called Zanat. They launched the line in Europe this past January at IMM Cologne and the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and got an incredible response. Three of the pieces won prestigious Interior Innovation Awards, and Monica Forster won Elle Sweden’s Designer of the Year Award.
Zanat has gotten a ton of great press in Europe for the way they marry old-world carving techniques with modern Scandinavian design, and for their concept of “Universal Sustainability” which combines the usual “sustainability” concern for the environment with a commitment to both economic development in their community as a whole, and impeccably ethical business standards.