Thomas Schnur’s ‘urbanized’ reinterpretation of the traditional and rural wooden bench – adapting conventional wooden benches, as found in forests and villages, and mostly handmade and unique, to a standardized processing technique.

LOGGING THE LEGS- Thomas Schnur bench refugium berlin

The design of this Holzbank also tries to ‘optimize’ what Schnur sees as the main characteristics of the traditional wooden bench, its honestly and simplicity, by trading the legs for logs, monolithic geometric forms that retain the appearance and shape of the material from which it is made – untreated larch tree trunks that are a traditional component for Siberian log cabinsbecause of its resistance to the outdoor elements. Thomas Schnur (*1983) lives and works in Cologne. After his apprenticeship as a joiner he studied product design at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, and the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne, France, and worked for designers such as Mathieu Lehanneur in Paris. His main interests go to objects and situations that are mostly overlooked and neglected because of their being ubiquitous and all too obvious, such as the Monobloc. (mb) http://www.thomasschnur.com/