Unit is a bench where two materials are united. The very different features of the cork and the steel compliment each other. The cork is soft, flexible and warm and is the material that meets the human body, while the steel is the strong structure that holds the weight and is carrying the body. There is no hidden carrying structure inside the cork top. The natural suspension of the cork makes the material yield to the weight of the body while resting. Dense cork plugs work as floor protectors, and create a softer meeting point between the floor and the steel. This shows that the special features of the materials have been used carefully in the meeting between user and Unit.
Silje Nesdal is an Oslo-based designer who grew up among the fjords of western Norway, a region known for its long traditions in the wool, woodwork and furniture industries. She holds an MA in furniture design and interior architecture from Bergen Academy of Arts and Design and Alvar Aalto University in Helsinki, and has spent time in Japan working in both fashion design and architecture. Nesdal’s practice is influenced by her diverse, interdisciplinary background, and her works are often inspired by the techniques and traditions observed on her travels. Through research, modelling and testing, she strives to create simple, subtle forms and sustainable objects that last.