Material(s): Flame-blackened maple
Brent is a series of ambiguous furniture forms in urban maple from the Sofienberg Park in Oslo, Norway. The sculptural tables are almost liquid-like in appearance, each with its own unique configuration and form. Surfaces are flame-treated to create a penetrating finish; an old technique to preserve and protect wood from the elements, promoting the material’s longevity while remaining biodegradable. The maple is sourced from an urban sawmill that, in collaboration with the city’s arborists, makes use of fallen trees as a solution to the environmental waste and value loss created by the current management of urban trees.
With a bachelor of fine art in visual arts from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in product design from Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo-based Poppy Lawman (b. 1990) builds her practice on explorations of bio-material and slow design. Part sculpture and part utilitarian, her objects and furniture are made to be enjoyed in and out of use, balancing art and design for a slower, more connective way of living. She was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the Bo Bedre Design Awards in Norway in 2019, longlisted by Dezeen for ‘Emerging Designer of the Year’ in 2020.
Photo by Cathrine Hammel