Odami, Toronto-based design studio has come up with a beautiful furniture collection made from a salvaged tree. The architectural designer worked in collaboration with Patrick Murphy, owner of a woodworking company called One Wood on this project. Dedicated to create unique hand-crafted furniture, Patrick’s company gives new life to trees that needs salvaging. The collection by Odami and One Wood features an armchair, a coffee table and a lamp.
The tree used for the project was an old red oak tree that lived in Patrick’s family forest for almost 165 years. However, as its branches and trunk begun to rot, the tree was taken down and re-purposed into furniture. With this furniture collection, Odami and One Wood have managed to retain the essence of this tree. Besides that, the seedlings of the oak has also been transplanted to start a new life. This collaborative project of creating a furniture line from a salvaged tree took over 8 months to complete.
The furniture line don’t simply make use of the red oak’s timber, but captures and celebrates the lost presence of this mighty tree as well. The armchair, coffee table and the lamp are constructed out of thick pieces of solid wood milled from the Red Oak tree. Interestingly, the drying process caused stretching, warping and cracking of the wood which can be seen on the furniture pieces. The armchair comes with two huge rounded arms and a curved seat. On the other hand, the coffee table comes with a removable inlay which reveals a hidden compartment.
“As simple compositions of heavy masses, each piece is an expression of strength and power. Solid rectilinear volumes give way to gentle curves and softened edges, creating deep shadows and comfortable forms. With timeless simplicity, each piece is a humble celebration of material richness and craft, and a study of the comfort of mass.”