Radhika Sawhney

Merel Karhof's Windworks Furniture is Produced From Scratch Using 100% Wind Power!

by , 05/31/13

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Set against the backdrop of the world-famous windmills in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands, the Windworks project took place from May 15th-19th. Zaanse Schans is located on the Zaan River in North Holland and it’s home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw material. There is a color mill called De Kat (the Cat), which has been fitted out to grind coloring materials, as well as a sawmill called ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep), which saws planks from trees.

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Karhof created a ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ in 2010 that knits scarves and other textiles using energy from passing breezes. Windworks expands upon this idea to create a complete collection of furniture. Karhof began by designing a collection of upholstered furniture pieces. Each pillow of the upholstery represents the amount of time required by the wind to make it. The sawmill cuts up the wood, which is then transported to the color mill. There, yarn is dyed with natural dyes and handed over to the knitting mill, where the upholstery is constructed. The Windworks project illustrates how windmills working together can create a complete holistic industry.

+ Merel Karhof

Images courtesy of Merel Karhof

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