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.
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.
Limited edition by Galerie Maria Wettergren
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