Utilitarian Veneer – The thick (very thick) veneer comes off and acts as a utilitarian object, a pair of step ladders.
Design by Jeremy Walton, 2008. Developed together with København Møbelsnedkeri.
Designed as part of the Global Made Local project and exhibited at SE Fifty fifty. Here space is at a primium and if you can’t fit a pair of step ladders into a broom cupboard, then fit the broom cupboard into the step ladders.
The unit consists of four open shelves and one drawer unit. The unit has a public facade, consisting of a thick veneer of wood. The unit also has a private side where the facade is no longer necessary and the thick (very thick) veneer comes off and acts as a utilitarian object, a pair of step ladders.
Above photo by Jeppe Gudmundse-Holmgreen
The removable steps have a wooden hinge that is credit to cabinet makers Kim and Søren of København Møbelsnedkeri.
The inspiration for the Utilitarian veneer came about in relation to my journey ‘Around the globe in 80 Chairs – Islands Brygge’ part of the GlobalMadeLocal project.
Inspired by the restoration of the old industrial buildings that expose the charm of our working and utilitarian roots, set against the shiny facades of the developing quarter. Here space is at a primium and if you can’t fit a pair of step ladders in a broom cupboard, then fit the broom cupboard into the step ladders.
The original piece was made in conjunction with the Danish SE exhibition (Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition). It was decided to use smoked oak wood throughout the construction of the piece, with laminate on the private exposed areas of the shelving.
When the thick veneer is removed, it leaves exposed a secondary non finished wood. Similar to the effect of opening a drawer on a chest of drawers, where the outside of the unit is veneered for public presentation and opening the drawer is a private affair. In relation to the SE exhibition, I could not convince Kim and Søren, the cabinetmakers, to use chipboard for the internal private wood.