Claesson Koivisto Rune Uses Two Types Of Wood To Make Stripy Furniture

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Stockholm studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has teamed walnut with maple to develop a chair, bookshelf and side table with bold graphic stripes for Japanese manufacturer Matsuso T.

Cut from solid wood employing Personal computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology and hand finished, the 3 products in the Wafer Collection are characterised by a striped aesthetic designed by alternating light maple and dark walnut woods.

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

Claesson Koivisto Rune’s designs for the Matsuso T range consist of a curved chair, a bookshelf that doubles up as a space divider and a little side table.


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“The impact of the walnut and maple is both graphic and entertaining, like the confectionery wafers you couldn’t stop consuming as a kid,” said the designers. “But it is also technically difficult to combine two varieties of wood.”

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

“And, not least, to seamlessly morph round-section legs that meet flat planes. Finally, the stripe pattern has a distinct scale for every single piece of the collection, fitting the size and geometry best.”

The Wafer Chair has the widest stripes of the 3 products, operating horizontal across the back and continuing onto the seat.

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

“The seat is purposefully curved more generously than something that can be achieved with typical wood veneer lamination and the striped effect accentuates this,” said the designers.

The Wafer Shelf has a more tightly-striped pattern than the chair but retains its thin edges and the shelf’s leg supports mimic the radius joint detail noticed on the underside of the chair.

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

Every shelf is slightly smaller sized than the 1 below it, providing a tapered look.

“We have intentionally given the shelf a smaller proportion. It nonetheless operates as a space-divider but in a ‘low wall’ format as opposed to a higher, area dividing shelf,” the designers mentioned.

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

“The petite size of the shelf broadens the number of situations exactly where it can be utilised. It can be positioned against a wall but it performs ideal as a freestanding object in a room as it has no obvious back.”

The Wafer Side Table has the most densely striped pattern of the collection and is designed to be little sufficient to be picked up and moved, providing it the flexibility to be used as a bedside table or a coffee table.

Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune previously made a collection of pentagonal chairs and tables for Matsuso T – a firm set up by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto to make wooden furniture.

Wafer furniture series by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Matsuso T

Claesson Koivisto Rune has also designed W151, a set of 3 oversized cone-shaped lamps for Swedish lighting brand Wästberg, and in April 2014 launched a wallpaper collection influenced by the shapes and patterns identified in Contemporary architecture.

The Wafer Collection is set to launch at the IMM Cologne trade fair, which will take location from 19 to 25 January.

Photographs are by Matsuso T.

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