Hyomen 表面

Hyomen 表面

Limited edition by Galerie Maria Wettergren

HYOMEN 表面  

Hyomen 表面 means ‘surface’ in Japanese and during Fenhann’s apprenticeships in Japanese wood workshops, the word Hyomen was often used in discussions about the tactile and visual qualities of a surface. The bench was inspired by a Japanese technique called ‘Naguri’, where identical recesses are cut with an axe to cover an entire surface. Only a few craftsmen in Japan are able to perform this difficult technique. Always interested in exploring the possible dialogue between craftsmanship and high technologies, Fenhann wanted to create a surface with similar tactile properties, using digital tools. He discovered that the hand-cut surface is actually formed by a hexagonal soap bubble geometry that occurs when a series of spherical cavities are adjacent to each other. This allowed Fenhann to create the spherical cavities of the hexagonal pattern by means of a CNC milling machine. Subsequently, he hand-polished the entire surface several times with a curved scraper and a sanding block, giving the solid oak plank a tactile surface that subtly reflects the surrounding light.
The CNC milling was done @The Danish Art Workshops in Copenhagen and the project was supported by the Danish Art Foundation
Exhibited at “Side by Side”, The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, 2017; “Nouvelle Vague – Scandinavian Art and Design 1999 - 2020”, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris; The Salon Art + Design, New York; PAD London.


Photos above by Jeppe Gudmundsen Holmgreen.

Naguri technique from Japan

Measurements

Width:

145
cm

Height:

33
cm

Depth:

37
cm

Other

Type:

Bench

Material:

Solid Oak

Year:

2018
Limited edition by Galerie Maria Wettergren
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