Woodturning is a form of woodworking, in which a wood piece is rotated on a lathe machine while a handheld tool is used to cut and shape it into intricate shapes and designs. In lieu of technological advancements, this technique has been forgotten; however, Vienna-based Studio Sein in collaboration with Austrian wood-turner Hermann Viehauser has recently launched a new home furnishings line made using this technique.
Dubbed Bulbous, the collection comprises posable wooden table lamp, mirror and shelves, all made using woodturning with a functional twist. Some of the pieces are made from a single piece of wood while others have multiple pieces joined with metal ball joints so that they can be posed in different ways.
We created many many silhouettes, like you would usually do. However, we were unsatisfied that it stayed in this 2D concept. That’s when we came up with the idea to make perfectly fitting components that can rotate over one another, somehow inspired by joinery and human joints to create more 3D objects.
The Studio Sein co-founders Martijn Rigters and Namuun Zimmermann told the FastCompany.
All the pieces boast roundish, organic shapes. The desk light ($1140) and wall mirror ($1650) are posable pieces while ceiling hanging light and bookshelf can’t be moved. Keeping the build green, they have used locally sourced Linden wood to make these unique hand-turned objects.
Stusio Sein presented the Bulbous collection at 2019 Vienna Design Week. They hope to expand the line in the near future.