Bureau 448011. Sep2011
French designer Guillaume Dulau created this sculptural bureau from a single piece of wood. Dulau experimented with wood and looked for constraints that forced him to find new solutions and techniques in wood cutting and wood working.
The result, both furniture and work of art, is a functional desk. The continuous stripes that form the legs become along their twist around the desk, a support for writing tools or other desk stationery. The horizontal surface is sawed in longitudinal direction in order to prevent the plank from wood splits and creating a grate that allows the desktop to cool!
Guillaume says: "The concept of my piece of furniture is to use a single piece of wood to make a desk. A plank of wood cut and bent without separating any part from the original plank. This project process is a bit minimal but it also has a very experimental dimension. A single piece of wood is a major constraint so I have had to invent shapes, processes of working wood and using machines. Some were successes, some were major failures. Finally it is the piece of wood which gave me the shape of the object."
'Bureau 4480' was submitted for the "DIY" feature hosted by Designboom.