Plank by Eric Pfeiffer and Council
|July 16, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Furniture, Naturally Modern|
Oakland-based designer Eric Pfeiffer created a naturally modern version of the the classic Adirondack chair, with a nod toward mid-century design. It has a minimalist sensibility – when done right, this is something we love in furniture design. We also love that the pieces are made from a new type of engineered wood that is grown and produced right here in the United States. Dwell magazine recently interviewed Pfieffer and we wanted to let you know about it. Below are some clips from the article with a link at the end to read the whole story. Enjoy!
The collection is natural and modern – utilizing a new type of engineered wood that is sustainable, as well as eco-chic:
Our approach was to create a collection minimal in form and utilitarian in material use. The construction reflects the design intent with a simple curve resting on a powder coated steel rod base.
[The Pereniial Wood material] is a beautiful, humble material that provides unique aesthetic and performance characteristics not currently available for the outdoor market, competing with hardwoods and rivaling teak in performance. …. [The wood] is grown and produced here in the U.S. from Southern pine—a renewable resource. Perennial Wood is modified with heat, pressure and an organic compound that leaves no toxic substances in the wood. It lasts longer than unmodified woods and therefore needs to be replaced less often. This dovetails nicely into our desire to create products for the next generation to enjoy.
We also love that California architecture partially inspired the design of the line.
I was inspired by California architecture from the mid-century and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle they offer. Adirondack chairs and the floating decks around my neighborhood in the Oakland Hills also played a factor in our initial thinking around the collection. The unique properties of Perennial Wood allowed us to further explore the connection between indoors and outdoors because the aesthetic properties of Southern pine are familiar inside the home, yet not traditionally available for outdoor use.
So there you have it – possibly the definition of naturally modern… Natural materials, modern design. Perfection.
Read the whole story via ICFF 2012: Plank by Eric Pfeiffer and Council – Products – Dwell.