Uhnger’s Trace project represents an attempt to create digitally manufactured wooden objects that still carry the signature of the process that created them. Whereas handmade wooden items such as bowls or ladles might carry knife marks or cuts, products made using computer-controlled machinery typically have the grooves and imprints left by the CNC mill sanded away. This collection of trays and platters preserves these ‘traces’ as a form of ornamentation, allowing the user to gain an insight into the story of an object’s production, and glimpse how the machine used has ‘revealed’ the piece from a single wooden block.
Product and furniture designer Sverre Uhnger was educated in design at Aalto University and Bergen National Academy of Art and Design. Based in Studio Prindsen in Oslo, he focuses on creating products that feel natural to use and which underline the inherent qualities of their materials and production methods.