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Dutch Design Week 2017: Stoft’s Wooden Cabinets Peel Away Over Time — The Swedish studio has created the cabinets for the “What’s your DNA?” exhibition.

Influenced by the flaking layers of bark on trees and the coils of wood produced during whittling, the studio wanted its cabinets to imitate the natural behavior of wood. The Swedish Stoft Studio created the cabinets for the “What’s your DNA?” exhibition, which was held at the Klokgebouw venue during this year’s Dutch Design Week 2017.


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Whittle Away is an attempt to portray the design-DNA that Stoft brings with them to their design process. Light-coloured pine strips are designed to contrast with cerise, orange, pink and grey patterning underneath.

The outer pine layer has been given a hard wax finish, while the colored panels are dyed using a natural algae paint.

The inspiration is taken from our common heritage of colorful handicrafts as well as the patience and endurance of all the crafting hands found therein, which over time has had to give way to more time- and production efficient principles.

The studio also wanted to design the cabinets in keeping with the typical character of their works, or their so-called “design-DNA.”

“The inspiration is taken from our common heritage of colourful handicrafts as well as the patience and endurance of all the crafting hands found therein, which over time have had to give way to more time and production efficient principles,” said the studio, which was founded by Jenny Ekdahl, Ola Nystedt, and Joel Herslow.

The Whittle Away cabinets come in two different sizes – one is small and designed to be wall-mounted, while the larger version is free-standing.

Commissioned for the exhibition “What’s your DNA?”, presented during Dutch Design Week 2017, which took place in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October 2017.


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