Lately we've been noticing lots of interesting designs in wood—not the super ironic, kitschy stuff that's been so common lately, but clean, understated designs that speak to the wood itself. Here's a roundup of some examples.
The "Let's Go Camping" line, designed by Jesper Thomsen for Normann-Copenhagen, references the cheap-o nylon lawn furniture that everyone knows and loves, but recreates those forms with some virtuoso woodworking. The results are surprisingly elegant, given the original inspiration:
Usually chairs as light and thin as the IRI chair by Paolo Cappello are made of thermoplastics. But this one is all wood, and it's light enough to be lifted with a single finger. Capello wanted to create a wood chair with the absolute minimum of materials; the curve of its back legs comes from the wood's natural curve:
Wood chaise lounges like this one by SchindlerSalemeron are usually created by steaming wood then bending it, as with Prouve's famed Antony chair or the Eames Molded Plywood Chair. But this one is actually made by routing two sheets of wood at ultra-precise angles, and then fitting them together like the two sides of a zipper. Tiny variations in the cuts produce the chair's curves. Forget about handworking; the magic is all in the computerized routing: