Irregular Forms by Dale Hardiman
Published on October 16, 2012
The Method Case always try to seek for nice production processes or design methodologies to inspire our readers. This time we come up with a project based on the human evolution. It can even tell about the design evolution.
‘White Stick’ is a culmination of both natural and artificial materials, creating a unique contrast between high tech and low tech materials in each work. Each piece is inimitable and organic in shape due to the inconsistent shape of the wood, and then partially covered in an artificial biodegradable material to allow the creation of structures.
The concept of using twigs in the construction of furniture can be traced back as early as 3,900BC. It wasn’t until the medieval times that woodsmen raised sustainable woodland management to the peak of efficiency, producing continuous supplies of poles, rods, fencing, tools and weapons. Since then our idea of the use of wood in the construction of furniture has drastically shifted to one where we lose the intimacy of the original form of the tree, which is dependent completely on the environmental conditions it grows within.
These pieces highlight the importance of the intelligence of furniture. When twigs break down, they add necessary raw materials to the earth. All soil life needs energy, and nutrients, whereby decay becomes apart of the micro-ecosystems.
Short video following the process
Documentary following the process behind furniture designer Dale Hardiman’s.
Photography: Reece Hendy