Tree bark covered furniture uses traditional methods

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim

We would barely bat an eye at wood as a furniture-making material, but what about bark from the tree? Using a traditional method and an imaginative perspective, South Korean designer Xerock Kim takes the leftover tree bark and puts it to good use by covering this cabinet with this oft-overlooked element.

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim
Called "Accumulation," the cabinet's tree bark skin was naturally dyed using a traditional method found in Korea, and then adhered to its surfaces. The piece is a reflection on how human lives are created as a series of tangible experiences overlaid and accumulated over time, “indivisibly tangled in the complexity of modern society.”

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim

Kim explains the curious motivation behind the piece, a "convergence point between tradition and modernity":

Accumulation aims at dressing hurt trees cut down for furniture manufacture in their intrinsic, natural cloths. [..] Accumulation expresses the diversity of culture and individuals and reinterprets the traditional dying technique to modern-day furniture.

Xerock Kim© Xerock Kim

We wonder if there's some way to prevent the bark from flaking off over time, but as in architecture, there's a lot that traditional methods and ways of thinking can bring to the design process -- this rough, tactile but philosophically refined piece attempts just that, while transforming forgotten skins into something beautiful and meaningful again. More over at Xerock Kim's site.

Tree bark covered furniture uses traditional methods
This furniture design employs a traditional and natural dying process to create its rough but refined look.

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