An impression of Karelia, Finland.
For Finland wood has always been very important. In industry and especially in design. This experimental work is an approach to symbolise my interest in the extreme power wood develops when exposed to different temperatures and humidities, and my impression gathered in Karelia, eastern Finland. Inspired by abandonned houses in stunning Karelia, covered in meters of snow and left in silence, I got interested in working with wood by treating it in different especially rough ways and leaving it to itself. The process of covering wood with metal wires or structures, and leaving them soaking in water or exposed to -20°C and the wintery elements, created marks and left traces solely by the pressure of wood expanding, contracting and through oxidation. Following those experiments a simple bench design was created and each bench was treated in a different way. Depending on the procedure the results were more or less visible.
Focus of this project were not the products but the process itself. The object visualized this in a sensitive manner.