Ember is a side table designed for the annual Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition under the theme ‘Pitch Black’.
The colour black was the theme of 2016, suggesting exhibitors to work with black as a colour and the absence of light. I was inspired by the absence of light and thought quite literal about lighting a fire in a dark forest surrounded by trees and how it becomes pitch black when the fire burns out. I decided to use the traditional Japanese wood burning technique Shou Sugi Ban as the method to create a black piece of furniture.
Using douglas fir leftovers from Dinesen’s production I gathered pieces of wood which would otherwise have been sold as firewood and used it as the material for the table. In close collaboration with renowned Danish woodturning company Brdr. Krüger, we carefully considered the grain structure of the leftovers and glued the pieces together in a way that would highlight the way the wood reacts to the fire, before turning it on their lathe.
Shou Sugi Ban is traditionally used as a natural treatment to prolong the life of wood used on exterior housing surfaces. Together with Brdr. Krüger, we tested different surface treatments of the charred wood in order to achieve a table which looked as natural as possible yet durable enough to withstand the test of everyday life.
Ember is our contemporary take on traditional Shou Sugi Ban – bringing it inside the home and into the 21st Century.
photo credit: Alexander Arnild Peitersen & Alex Arethuse