When blonde wood burns, its surface thins and grooves start to appear. The pattern it creates is known as “alligatoring,” for it resembles dark, dry reptilian skin. Like the grain of the wood, the damage after fire is also unique, meaning that each Smoke piece is naturally different in its appearance. Once carbonized, Baas finishes the furniture with transparent epoxy resin, returning it to use without repair. Since 2002, Baas has burned a variety of furniture, including 25 design icons such as Rietveld, Eames and Gaudi. Whereas these look like heirlooms rescued from a fire, the “Smoke Workbench” symbolizes an intervention in industrial production, which Baas believes strives too much for perfection, without any interaction with nature.

Medium:

Burned Wood, Matte Finish Epoxy

Dimensions:

193/4 × 193/4 × 325/8 IN

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