Jair Straschnow - Grassworks, Netherlands
Nominated for the Brit Insurance Furniture Award 2010
Designed by Jair Straschnow, images credit Tim Stet and Jair Straschnow.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, a grass which can be harvested again and again from the same stalk. Grassworks is a furniture collection of flat-pack, self-assembly structures loyal to one single ‘green’ material: bamboo sheet laminates.
Avoiding screws and glue led Straschnow to traditional woodworking techniques, most notably the reworking of the dovetail joint, executed with modern CNC routing. The dovetail has been used not only as detail, but also as a structural principle, allowing only one possible way of assembly.
The Aram Gallery, Grassworks, November 2009
Straschnow also considered physical space as a resource, resulting in multi-purpose objects: a dining chair that converts into an easy chair, a bookshelf that functions as a space divider, tables that extend, fold and collapse. The Grassworks collection is an attempt to make maximum use of the structural and flexible qualities of a single material, as well as the physical space it occupies. The product is also designed to leave a minimal footprint on the world around us.