Philadelphia-based furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig has sent designboom images of his furniture piece ‘Pinch’, a back-to-back seating object for up to two people. White oak strips are steam bent using a technique similar to boat building, after which they are assembled into tight compound curves. This process allows for the organic form, but also ensures structural stability.
Each piece is handmade by pliessnig and measures 147 x 79 x 69 cm (58 x 31 x 27 inches).
Steamed, bent wood furniture maker Matthias Pliessnig has churned out yet another undulating form designed to cradle your seat while you rest your feet. The Biorhythm bench is made of steamed, bent oak and measures at 82″ long.
introduced some stunning new pieces during his Debut Solo Exhibit at the Wexler gallery. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large steam bent oak seating sculpture titled Providence. It’s the result of over 5 weeks of careful planning, prototyping, bending, and forming. Also included in the gallery is a collection of mixed media sculptural studies that Matthias creates along with his furniture.
Hopefully we will see more bent goodness from Matthias now that his new studio in Philadelphia is up and running.
In the summer of 2005 I built a boat which I’ve been sailing for the past two years. The experience from building the boat gave me a new skill-set which allowed me to make wood achieve the strength qualities (and beauty) of compound curves.
This has lead to a body of work that investigates influence from nature’s engineering and our interaction with strange furniture.
Waive is full of compound curves, making the piece very lightweight and strong.
‘Double-block-laminations’ help tremendously with the strength (the Wright brothers used this method to construct their ribs in the Wright flyer).
Waive is “pressed” down in the centre and “pulled up” on the ends to gesture a place one can sit.
I will be working on longer versions of this piece with more areas to sit. The eventual goal of this work is it to custom-build/design site specific pieces inside architecture.