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Urushi Paper Pleats Bench by Pao Hui Kao

Piece  /  Organic   Abstract   Pattern   Conceptual
Published: 11.02.2022
Pao Hui Kao
Piece
Urushi Paper Pleats Bench
2021
Paper, rice glue, urushi lacquer.
33 x 135 x 39 cm
Selected Finalist at the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022.

This bench has pushed functionality to its extremes by experimenting with fragile tracing paper to create a structure capable of supporting the weight of the sitter. Using urushi lacquer, traditionally used in Japanese woodwork and which has never before applied to this material, the paper has been coiled and then treated to strengthen it. The coils are then joined using rice glue to create a beautifully balanced piece that gives the illusion of a natural environment.
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