This week, we've already heard about how Swedish furniture giant IKEA has, in Lloyd's words, "globalized cheap and run everyone else off the planet" -- or at least made it harder for the smaller guys to be seen and heard. That's why it's all the more important to draw attention to artists like Denis Milovanov, who sits at the other end of the spectrum, crafting one-of-a-kind, sturdy and soulful furniture pieces from salvaged tree stumps. Sure, it's not an off-the-shelf flatpack, but it's not shoddy particle board either and you can be sure each piece has its own long-lived story to tell.
According to Milovanov, a woodworker hailing from Russia, a tree stump is not something dead but full of creative potential. Milovanov uses only wood from dead or damaged trees, some of which are 250 to 300 years old, and by doing so, saves them from further degradation in the outdoors, while giving them a second life as sculptural objects and furniture of simple organic forms.
It may be a bit on the rustic side, but on the other hand, these pieces have the right idea: they actually have character, are made from local materials and are intended to last a lifetime.
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