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Furniture often serves only one of two purposes, but not both. It can be functional; utilitarian in nature with a colour or pattern that blends in with the surrounding décor but has little other artistic merit.
Otherwise, it can be creative or artful; an attention-grabber for any guest in a house, but serve little other utility or function.
The Accordion Cabinet combines these two purposes into a beautiful, thought-provoking piece of useful furniture.
The legs, composed of ordinary pine or other wood leftovers from workshops, are plain and thin, designed to direct the viewer’s attention upwards to the centrepiece of the cabinet.
The wooden layer folds around the cabinet in a semicircular fashion to shield the objects inside from view. The unfinished wooden veneers contrast with the crisp, sharp laser-cut design.
The accordion design itself is conceptually designed as an extension of the human mind itself, created to drive a stronger connection between the viewer and the objects within.
Strozyk’s motivation in designing this piece was her desire to transform wooden material from that which is hard to something soft and can be manipulated by touch.
The Accordion Cabinet is her first foray into the furniture space, having previously designed wooden blankets and throw-rugs as part of her ‘Wooden Textiles’ range.
The cabinet was first displayed at the IMM international furniture trade fair in Cologne, Germany, in 2011. It is unsurprising that this piece originated in Europe.
The use of a variety of wooden tones has Scandinavian influences, where this design is used extensively to convey a clean, modern look, and the utilitarian aspects of the interior reflect a strong central European tradition.
Accordion Cabinet, the joint creation of artist Sebastian Neeb and designer Elisa Strozyk. Look it up at Yatzer.