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German designer Veronika Wildgruber has created the Softwood chair series. At first look, the seat and backrest of the chairs appear as soft cushions but are actually sculptured in solid wood. Following is a description from the designer, “The chairs trick the mind because the surface and texture connotes the opposite of what we think and know about the characteristics of wood.
Soft Wood was created to illustrate how wood cannot be both soft, and comfortable. This series of chairs separates the material from its perceived characteristics which now only become apparent on closer inspection. Soft Wood plays with reality. It shows that you cannot always rely on your perception. At first glance these are simple upholstered stools, but then you see that they are in fact crafted from wood, yet they are still as comfortable as the perceived soft chair.”
Image Courtesy: Veronika Wildgruber