here’s one I made earlier :: wood tailoring

Katie | February 12, 2014

Farg & Blanche Wood Tailoring Stockholm Design Week 2014

When I met Emma Marga Blanche and Fredrik Färg at Stockholm Design Week last year, they’d just bought each other a state of the art sewing machine for Christmas. They’d also just launched the highly FAB Chair Couture – chairs whose backs you can change like different dresses for different occasions. Most designers would still just be making lots of those. Not these two.

At Stockholm Design Week 2014, they launched Wood Tailoring. They wanted to see just how far they could push their sewing machine. They started with leather, moved onto a material usually used for insulation and eventually, the inevitable happened and they tried wood. I’ve seen embroidered wood before, but only where it has been created by hand sewing through pre-drilled holes. Fredrik and Emma actually push wood through their super sewing machine.

Farg & Blanche Wood Tailoring

“We work a lot with textiles and sewing, so we wanted to experiment with sewing, but without the textiles – we wanted to use our sewing machine with hard materials. It’s sewn right through the wood. The technology is really recent, so we wanted to show what’s possible. This is a really experimental collection, but we’ve been talking to producers,” said Emma.

Fredrik added, “We’ve had the idea for a long time, but even we didn’t know if it would work, and it didn’t really work at the beginning – it’s taken a long time to make it work. We call it wood tailoring – there is a feeling of cutting it in 2D and putting it together like a suit. People don’t believe that the layers are actually sewn together. We have to take the whole piece into the machine – you get one shot at getting it right. It feels organic in a way, like contours on a map, or growth rings in a tree. It’s nice to find an organic way to work with wood that suits our work with textiles.”

Less than a week after launch the Layer Armchair has already been honoured with a FORM +1 Award, presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Farg & Blanche Wood Tailoring

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  • Won’t the dye eventually lose its colour over time, or if left in sunlight or put in the dishwasher?

    • The higher the concentration of dye in the solution, the less colour is lost. There seems to be a point at which the moisture is fully absorbed back into the air, leaving the particles of dye in the ceramic body unable to move and so the colour/ pattern is fixed

      Sunlight doesn’t seem to affect the colour; I had a few test pieces sat on the window sill in direct sunlight with a line of tape on them to see if sunlight did anything and nothing happened. The test was conducted over the few months so am not sure about longer term exposure

      The pieces are decorative so wouldn’t need to be put in the dishwater but I did test them, one with a sealant on and one without, and there wasn’t any change – although I left some tiled pieces I made in the rain and the dye moved around again and became very vibrant

      There is lot of science behind the process, most of which I don’t fully understand and sometimes doesn’t make any sense – could talk about it for hours but I’ve tried to be concise!

  • Kuo

    this is such a cool process. did your friend emma come up with this on her own?? that’s incredible! also, i was watching the video while listening to “Goodnight, Travel Well” by the Killers, so the video was very dramatic for me haha

    • Thank you and yes – the process came from trying to dye everything, even the studio sink!

  • The technique is so pretty and natural. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fer

    Wow! I love your work. Congratulations!

  • Christine Lynn

    I like the watercolour effect on the pieces. They look very natural because they don’t look like they were painted. By using the dye to colour the pieces, is it safe to use the bowls and cups for dinnerware?

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