Stacklab drew a lot of attention for its Stackabl collection of furniture made from stacks of factory off-cuts. But, it is not the only collection of the Toronto-based design firm to catch public eye. Another gem from the design studio is the intriguing Ash Collection of seats and tables featuring an ash-wood base and cast bronze top. With locally-sourced wood, the collection was designed and manufactured within 100 miles of Toronto.
Serving as an innovative system of versatile furnishings, the twelve-piece collection includes a center table, console table, low table, side table, and a stool. Thanks to the diseased ashwood, the entire collection looks a wee bit vintage. The large collection is available in multiple size configurations. Talking about the design, each table features a semi-spherical wooden base that supports a similar shaped caste bronze tabletop.
To minimize waste, all of the parts originate from a single egg shape. While the base is made from ashwood, the remains of the ash are not thrown away and put to use again. On the heels of turning waste into wonder, the shavings from the milling process are reclaimed, mixed with re-usable refractory sand, and compacted around the base to make the mold for the top.
The next step involves pouring the molten metal into the mold, which results in the sawdust burning away and the sand being reused for new molds. The only trace left behind by the mold is the textured finish on the metal top. This way 80-percent of the material is repurposed and the amount of waste produced per volume is just one percent.
Both the base and the top are available in an array of finishes. Made using cast bronze, the tabletop is available in blue patina, brown patina, dark green patina, natural patina, and many other finishes. The table base is finished in tea-soaked aged oxidizer, fresh oxidizer, or aged oxidizer with wax coating. Paying homage to old-age craft, the Stacklab Ash Collection combines design, tech, and sustainability.