Poltrona Frau BIRD

Coffee table

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Poltrona Frau

Italy
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BIRD

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Coffee table

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Birch

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2015

A hundred years since the birth of Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985), an important figure in Finnish art and design, Poltrona Frau revisits a piece of which, until now, only a handful of examples existed.‎ The “Bird” side table is a project that symbolises Wirkkala’s natural and organic poetry.‎ A sinuous shape, at the same time simple yet abstract, the piece is inspired by the silhouette of a bird, a recurring theme in Wirkkala’s work as a sculptor and designer, along with shells, ice and leaves.‎
For the first time, Poltrona Frau has mass-produced the side table and faced a real manufacturing challenge in doing so.‎ The workmanship on the surface is highly complex.‎ The strata of layers of cut birch wood of varying thicknesses create a characteristic symmetrical and diagonal surface design.‎
The result is unpredictable, making each piece unique.‎
The delicate furniture craftsmanship is completed with the conical insert of cut birch that runs though the centre along the entire length of the top.‎ This feature, painted black, creates an incisive graphic symbol that continues in the curved solid birch leg, an elegant visual reference to the beak of a wading bird.‎ The second leg is made out of black-painted solid birch wood and further defines the bird’s shape.‎
The natural oil and wax-based surface finish is organic and transparent, enhancing the beauty of the wood.‎

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