Pressed wood by Johannes Hemann

My new series „pressed wood“ is based on the traditional technique of bent wood, but I took this idea a few steps further and combined it with pressure to get a different look.

The first step is to put pressure on fresh cut wood and divide it into its fibres. Thereafter the traditional bending technique is being used: steaming the wood and bending it into moulds. Finally the fibrous wood with glue being pressed into the mold.

Due to the wood being divided into its fibres, it is possible to achieve much smaller radii or to change the nature round base to a rectangular profile, for example, or any other shape that might follow.

The parts which are not treated with my technique are left as natural as possible, to get the maximum contrast between the treated parts and the natural look.

For this series I am using U shaped bases which are combined to make a table, a stool and a chair by combining 2 U shaped branches with glass or a leather/ wood combination. The light is totally shaped from fibrous wood.

The collection of furniture was presented by designart dealer victor hunt during milan design week 2012.