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New furniture collection uses wicker and anodized extruded aluminum to marry modern and traditional

Tuesday, August 7, 2018  
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London-based designer Tino Seubert was commissioned by the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, was asked to explore the contrast of the old and the new – "the design classic and the contemporary newcomer" for an exhibition titled Giles Round: The Director.

Seubert came up with a furniture collection that combines anodized extruded aluminum and hand-woven wicker for a new collection, "Anodized Wicker". Inspired by 20th-century Danish designer Børge Mogensen's woven works and American artist Donald Judd's aluminum sculptures, the simple and functional furniture uses cane and rush weaving along with the industrial look of the aluminum extrusions to create works of art that are also functional furniture pieces.

"I drew my inspiration from two distant fields – the clean industrial and the warm, organic hand-made dating back hundreds of years. They both are of extreme beauty to me and making them clash even amplifies this beauty," said Seubert.

"The aluminium almost looks more precise next to the wicker, while the grass becomes more organic next to the aluminium," he continued.

"At the same time, the two materials merge so easily and it almost seems that one was designed for the other. This game of attraction and repulsion within an object excites me."

Read the full story on dezeen.com.