My favorite type of furniture designs are the ones that embrace an artistic approach and this stunning Wooden Sphere series is definitely as much art as it is functional objects. The fact that Lee Jae-Hyo was able to create such sculptural designs is no accident. A world-renowned sculptor, he is well versed in looking at all of his creations with his “artists” eyes and working with his “artists” hands and heart – even when it comes to furniture designs.
The Wooden Sphere series is created by forming a solid composition of found wood into spherical shapes.
Once the composition is complete Lee burns the mass of wood until it is completely blackened and charred.
The third step is to polish the outside edges to reveal the pale, natural wood within while leaving the areas around each polished section black with char.
To create his coffee tables, Lee cuts his spherical compositions in half.
The Wooden Spheres are extremely tactile. Don’t you just want to reach into the photos and touch them?
No two pieces are alike as each piece of found wood has its own distinctive graining and shape, meaning the blackened voids are always unique as is the story within the exposed natural wood grains.
The Wooden Sphere Collection also includes pieces that are purely decorative.
Each piece is a fluid organic form that still boasts geometry within its repeating elements.
Oh the stories that piece of wood could tell.
The polished and charred sections create a positive / negative aesthetic.
While most of the collection showcases end cuts, this lounger displays slices of branches for a more linear look.
A whole family could snuggle together on this lounger.
Awesome coffee table – its like a set of drums.
Michael Dawkins also creates furniture out of found wood compositions. His designs are made with driftwood branches encased in acrylic.