January 13, 2019

Pressed sawdust furniture

Sawdust and other types of sawmill residues are typically treated as undesirable by-products of the timber industry and are often incinerated or dumped in landfills. Although there are many formats of engineered lumber that make use of sawdust and other wood fines, such as shavings and waste chips, the presence of such by-products is typically downplayed or disguised in finished furniture and millwork.

Design firm Producks Design Studio has embraced sawdust as a primary, conspicuous material in a line of furniture called Shavings. The designers mix sawdust with resin and press it into a mold to form a solid block that functions as a tabletop surface or a stool seat. The wood legs for the pieces are cleverly designed to interlock with the sawdust mixture to create a durable structural bond. This solid intersection is ensured by inserting the supports into the mold before casting, forming an integral joint.

Contact: Producks Design Studio, Ramat Hasharon, Israel.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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