During the Clerkenwell Design Week festival in 2014, Austrian designer Georg Oehler presented an interesting set of furniture that combines contemporary aesthetics, without forgetting a certain vintage touch in its style, with traditional techniques of elaboration of masonry pieces.
These are three elements created in ash wood and covered with traditional garden fabric. to create a unitary set. The collection consists of three pieces in total, an armchair, an accompanying stool and a small coffee table and, thanks to the combination of materials, the designer manages to mix two worlds in a very balanced way. On the one hand, thanks to the ash wood Referring to her native Austria, Oehler manages to transfer a piece of her own land with her using virgin wood. The. is added Traditional tartan fabric which brings an interesting touch to the tradition of Europe, a country which now welcomes his life and whose creator also seeks to be mentioned in his work.
But without a doubt the fundamental inspiration that gives life to Oehler furniture are the vast forests that are part of the the natural landscape of the Austrian Alps in which he himself grew up. Therefore, the designer wants to refer to the freedom to live abroad, the personal communion he himself has experienced with the natural environment, the purity of these landscapes and the freedom they enjoy.
The result is a series of pieces that clearly reveal the purity of its traditional materials without masking anything with paints or finishes that could distort reality. Bet on a aesthetic with clean lines that further enhance the appreciation of materialsFinally, the pieces are simple in appearance and elegant in form.
A closer observation is necessary to escape this apparent simplicity and realize the complexity of the traditional woodwork used by Oehler. With these production methods, it is possible that there is no 90 degree angle at any point. The pieces achieve a complete fusion of style with each other thanks to the decorative pattern of the capitone type that each shows at a given time of its composition.
Three images and image: Georg Oehler