Aswoon is a collaborative arts and architectural installation company started by Susan Woods in 2003. Their works vary from several product lines for use as screens, paneling, furniture, and space dividers, to consultation and creation of custom projects. Their fabrication studio in the DUMBO neighborhood specializes in wood and metal construction, and has produced work for many well known retail clients. While their metal work is striking for its organic, yet clean lined look, it is the bent plywood pieces which we can’t get enough of. They evoke gigantic versions of curled birch tree shavings, turning the scale of the personal interface on its head, as well as the perception of fragility.

We will definitely be looking for their work this weekend at BKLYN DESIGNS!

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  1. Patty Hubert December 17, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Well…it just proves that people will buy anything. It may look pretty but I am certainly not stupid enough to pretend that it is comfortable or functional. Ha!

  2. Devon July 29, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    Had to comment; I like the plywood sofa and think it could work as a piece for areas needing only brief seating time. However to defensively claim it’s meant for “slender people” is just plain ridiculous. Frankly I think a person with more padding would find the sofa more tolerable. “Slender” people often have a body type suspectible to joint and back injuries. This piece offers no back support at a position on the back that is injured in many people. The piece would also create knee discomfort from the angle the leg is held at and, when rising from it, wrist, elbow, and shoulder discomfort, to people with such ailments. It breaks down to this: There have been people capable of designing beautiful furniture that is also sensible. If you are designing something for a function, to ignore the function for the sake of “beauty” shows an inherent flaw in your attitude toward the purpose of your work. Also this piece is derivative of many works that have gone before and is not original in concept. Ego may have some squeeze room in fine art, but it doesn’t allow you to cheat in applied art.

  3. Live Fine » Blog ... July 22, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    […] “Aswoon and Susan Woods Studio. The New Wave line takes a new look at an old standby, bent wood. It won’t beat your comfy couch and as the commenters on Inhabitat pointed out, it’s not for the zaftig. But it is a striking design and costly, it sells for over $10,000. At least you won’t have to worry about losing your change in the cushions. […]

  4. susan woods May 21, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    The Working Wave is a 3 way solution. It is a vertical piece, a horizontal divide, and a seating. It is a prototype for this and not worked out entirely for the seating and the stand, which will come the next time. It is very comfortable for slender people. And, yes, not meant for fat peaple: it is called ”
    Slender Seating.” Not everything is meant for everyone. I hide my face because it is not personal. If one has not seen a piece in person, I would suggest that they reserve their comment, as pictures are only 2D versions of reality.

  5. Julie May 21, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    Absolutely only one way to sit in it. Nice piece of art if you are so lucky to have the space for it. I really like the room divider idea

  6. dug May 12, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    uncomfortable and eco-unfriendly. a mess of glue and high-value wood which can’t be recycled, mulched or biodegraded. bent ply is pretty, but it’s also an end-of-life product.

  7. Dean R. May 12, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    Whew! I look at it and I wince in pain, and I haven’t even got into it yet! (And I am NOT a fat guy). However, if you stood it on end, so it was not structured as furniture, you would have an absolutely striking-looking screen or room divider.

  8. Nikole May 11, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe the photo does not show her face because she is wincing in pain.

  9. moonfroggy May 11, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    i was thinking same as everyone else, except i hadn’t thought of my cats theyw ould love it!
    it is kinda pretty even though it looks very uncomfortable

  10. Scott May 11, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    I was thinking that too, but I bet my cat would like it! :-) She always finds strange places to fall asleep.

  11. Scott May 11, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    I was thinking it would be uncomfortable too. I bet my cat would like it though!

  12. Elizabeth May 11, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, that sure looks terribly uncomfortable, difficult to get out of, and hard for fat people to sit in.

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