Reconfiguration of a tree
by David Derksen, Gardar Eyjolfsson, Lex Pott for studio Thomas Vailly
Reconfiguration of a tree is a product design research project focused on biobased material. Pinus Pinaster is a resinous tree harvested for its pitch. After a long design developpement, studio Thomas Vailly developped a natural bio-resin. Natural materials are building blocks - biopolymers, sticky tar, flexible fibers or stiff binders. When combined they turn into man made material. The ubiquity of synthetic substances minimize our interest for existing natural polymer. The focus is now on developing synthetic materials from scratch through heavy chemical processing. This project proposes to go back to the basic and use natural building blocks to developp sustainable materials. Studio thomas Vaillly took a natural element, the Pinus Pinaster tree, ripped it apart – rearranging its elements into man made materials with as less modifications as possible. The result is an abstraction of a tree, a black matter joining, coating, blending in and contrasting with pine wood. Building on the pine wood industry, various raw materials extracted from the Pinus Pinaster are used. These ingredients are low grade, renewable, biodegradable, wood based materials such as cellulose, lignin, rosin,...In order to reveal the full potential of the material, custom made black resin and pine wood has been delivered to David Derksen, Gardar Eyjolfsson & Lex Pott who each reconfigured a part of the tree into products.
Photo by Floor Knaapen