Gravity-defying makes UAE debut at Downtown Design

Gravity-defying makes UAE debut at Downtown Design

Downtown Design 2019, AHEC, Product design

In-vogue thermally-modified American hardwood has been used for the gravity-defying Preservation Bench, designed by Scandi-loving South African design duo Phillip Hollander and Stephen Wilson.

The young contemporary design studio that Hollander and Wilson lead is called Houtlander and the company brought its bench to Downtown Design 2019.

And Hollander said the weather-resistant bench was designed to be sustainable in response to the growing climate change crisis.

“We are a company that strives to be as sustainable as possible – we don’t use screws or mechanical fixings in our production – just good traditional joinery,” he explained.

“We not only want to design furniture that is useful and lasting, we only work with timber that is honourably-sourced. We love the story of how American hardwood is grown, how it is harvested, how the forest regenerates itself. It is a beautiful thing.”

Houtlander teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council levy board to create the folk-style Preservation Bench that was first launched and unveiled at 100% Design South Africa, a trade fair which ran from 7 to 11 August.

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