Dana Barnes presents the world with a new way of using wool in furniture. This time she designs modern stools mixing this soft material with the hardest one: concrete.
The modern stools resulted as an extension of the studio’s ongoing research in fibers and textile compositions. The design of ‘endolith casts’ references the form, palette and materiality of lichen growth — a composite organism most commonly known for their unbounded growth on bare rock, walls and exposed soil surfaces.
These colorful creatures can survive in some of the most extreme environments on earth, punctuating areas like the arctic tundra, dry deserts and rocky coasts with their distinct, saturated hues. The result is a compilation of objects that can function as a series or individually within a contemporary context.
Each unique cast creates a dialogue of materiality, bringing together stone-like composite and soft woolen fiber. ‘Endolith casts’ source the complex relationship lichen growth maintains with the materials it colonizes to produce bursts of unexpected, texturally intricate structures and color that populate each form.
Spontaneous knotting and meticulous shearing techniques are used to create a wet-bonded fibrous textile that expands into dense, sculptural, vibrant explosions of saturation. The materials are then immersed in fluid state concrete and cast in a time sensitive curing procedure that seamlessly fuses the woolen mass and stone-like composite together.
The objects can function together or individually set within a contemporary context. You can use them as table or stools.
See also Wrapped up art furniture by Anton Alvarez HERE!