Jill Fehrenbacher

BRENT COMBER'S FALLEN BRANCH FURNITURE

by , 05/17/05

Brent Comber innovative furniture collection caught my eye at ICFF. This unusual table is made entirely from alder branches collected at Brittania Beach, outside Vancouver. The designer dries the branches, fastens them together in rows with nails and glue, and then carves the resulting piles into stunning cubic shapes. The combination of organic materials and geometric lines gives this furniture its dynamic aesthetic. Alder is a renewable resource which grows all over the coasts of Comber’s native British Columbia.



Brent Comber also has a variety of other unique, hand-made wood furniture on his website>

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  1. Ecolopop » Brent ... May 27, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    [...] Ce tabouret en red cedar massif est à l’image des créations de Brent Comber (Vancouver): simple, efficace, sans fioritures. Ses créations, meubles d’intérieur, sont tous assemblés ou sculptés à partir de morceaux de bois récupéré. On est loin ici des approximations du bois flotté ou des meubles en palette : les finitions des meubles de Brent Comber, à l’huile naturelle, mettent en valeur les veines du red cedar (cèdre rouge), autrefois vénéré en tant qu’”arbre de vie” par les peuples premier de la côte ouest du Canada. Cette forme n’est pas unique, on retrouve dans les créations de Brent Comber toutes les déclinaisons de la géométrie : concave, convexe, cylindrique. Mais l’année dernière, à la ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York) ce sont les “meubles de branches” (fallen branch furniture) qui  attiraient l’attention  : ces assemblages de bois en bout forment des tables basses dont le charme dépasse la simple beauté du bois. Le site de Brent Comber  illustre bien les sources d’inspiration, et d’aprovisionnement, qui empruntent à la nature le meilleur d’elle-même, dans un souci constant de préservation de la resource et de respect du matériau de base, l’arbre. [...]

  2. Jill May 22, 2005 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, the surface is perfectly flat. The branches are pressed together so tightly that there is virtually no space between them, and then the designer sands, polishes and varnishes each surface. I know it may look like paperclips or something could fall in the cracks – but they can’t, because the varnish over the top keeps creates a flat layer. Check the website for more photographs, and you will see what I mean.

  3. Dustin May 22, 2005 at 5:34 pm

    This would certainly make an interesting coffee table… but is the surface perfectly flat?

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