PlasticNature by PeLiDesign
The PlasticNature is a furniture concept which exemplifies the connection of the “plastic-world” and the world of wooden furniture.
The first pieces of the PlasticNature were stools for the graduation from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in June 2006.
When wood is machined material is always taken away – contrary to plastic .In plastic manufacturing there is hardly any waste because plastic is cast in shapes and leftovers molten again for further casting.
These facts bring with it several possibilities and constraints for each used material.
With the PlasticNature PeLi wanted to fuse the characters of hand made furniture and injection-molded plastic furniture.
For PeLi, these worlds belong together – they are both utilitarian, in a way even quite “low” (think about farmers chairs from the Alps and the white “Monoblock” chair ‘the worlds most’ chair).
He designed the plastic connection with – the wooden legs actually ‘flow’ into the seat plank…Then PeLi drew the molds on the computer and let the molds be r3D printed. These molds the designer used for hand cast the plastic resin into the wood.
The wooden parts have cavities (in that version, milled holes) which are working in a way known from a dovetail connection does – the plastic flows “behind” and into them, hardens, and is not solvable anymore.
The complicated shapes of the cavities are not specially designed (in fact, not designed at all, they just emerge out of necessity, they look grown) – they fulfill the only purpose that they provide sufficient surface that the connection can cling to the wood…
That’s also a part of what the designer wants to show: plastic is liquid at first it flows where it wants to flow; where there is space…
The PlasticNature is a limited edition. Up until now stools, chairs and tables have been created, each piece unique.
Designer: Alexander Pelikan