Extreme fragility, visual delicacy and lightness are all terms that could be applied to the Linear Wood project, created by young Dutch designer Christian Heikoop in collaboration with construction materials distributor Baar&Bloemhoff. The project was presented last October at the most recent Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven under the heading Transitions III, and offers a furniture collection largely based around the particular characteristics of superfine and flexible Decoflex laminate wood.

Front view and side project Linear Wood.

The two pieces created for the occasion, whose use is up to the user to decide, essentially function as extra support points. Their forms are related to sculpture due to the curvature of their finishes, and reveal the possibilities that this type of material offers to be incorporated into furniture pieces for everyday use.

“The result has been surprising, particularly in how we managed to achieve a finish with a clean surface, no cracks, and a perfect continuous grain,” says Christian.

The designer himself confesses his surprise on discovering the incredible resistance of such a seemingly fragile material, formed by a rigid metal internal structure and a laminate finish which provides a clean finish. It is thanks to this rigid compaction that both pieces achieve perfect stability. “The result has been surprising, particularly in how we managed to achieve a finish with a clean surface, no cracks, and a perfect continuous grain,” says the designer.

Plywood and half-industrial finishes define the forms of Linear Wood.

The Linear Wood collection has a number of semi-industrial finishes linked to wood panelling systems, a closer and more useful design that also experiments here with organic silhouettes. Forms which Christian has made his own throughout much of his research, and which breathe a new language within the design.

Side view legs and laminate support.

Meeting of the sealing sheeting.

Laminated material in rolls used in the project.

Photos: Christian Heikoop

www.christianheikoop.com

Christian Heikoop portrait.

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