Italian design and style studio Alcarol has expanded its collection of furnishings created from resin-encased wood to consist of a bench patterned with holes developed by shipworms .
Alcarol embedded Bricola wood planks in resin to preserve patterns created by the Teredo Navalis shipworm at its edges to generate the Bent Bench.
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The section of oak was cut from the poles of the canals of Venice, sliced into three parts to kind the leading and two sides and matched so that it looks like a single folded plank.
“To preserve its visually light weight we didn’t want to add supplementary functional components and we did not want parts unrelated to the story of the material,” the designers told Dezeen.
The shipworms bore into the wood although it really is in the water, making distinctive patterns of circular holes.
They stay away from the inner core of the log, enabling it to sustain its strength.
“This creates a gorgeous contrast in between outer decay and inner robustness,” stated Alcarol co-founder Andrea Forti.
“We have worked several sorts of wood, but when we came in contact with the timber extracted from the Venetian wooden poles carved by weather and shipworms, it was love at first sight.”
By filling the gaps left by worms with resin, Alcarol freezes that decay and captures the aesthetic worth of the historical poles that have endured decades of weathering in the canals of Venice.
“The assiduous labour of the elements necessitates the replacement and scrapping of the poles, providing an organic material that has traversed by life,” mentioned the designers.
“We have patented an elaborate and patient craftsmanship [method] capable of filling only the empty spaces of the wood with a transparent resin and capturing the underwater air bubbles that bring the wood back to the original appear and situations.”
The Bent Bench follows the New Visions collection that was launched by the new Italian design and style studio during the 2014 London Design and style Festival.