One of the most striking things about these hand-crafted wooden stools, chairs, benches and tables is just how geometric they are. We tend to imagine log construction and natural wood furniture as organic, defying rigid angles and smooth curves unlike more finished materials.
This set of alder-branch furniture objects by Brent Comber is compelling in part precisely because of this contrast between exactitude and natural variegation. By cutting cleanly across each surface, the visual qualities of the wood (particularly the contrasting dark bark and light log interior) stand out all the more clearly along the sides and top.
As a result of the simple geometric shapes of the objects themselves and the repetitive use of mainly one material, there is a distinctly minimalist modern feel to each work although the use of wood is structurally simple, traditional and conventional. The selection of mostly scrap wooden pieces makes them sustainable as well.
Put in both classic and contemporary spaces, his versatile works of private and commercial art and furniture have a way to crossing between worlds – seeming at once cutting-edge (no pun intended) but also somehow distinctly classic and almost antique depending upon what surrounds them.
“Brent Comber Originals takes inspiration from the unparalleled setting of the Pacific Northwest and has created a body of work that is interwoven and inseparable from the story of the landscape. Our wood materials are sustainably sourced from the surrounding area, often from trees slated for removal for development. Through engagement with the local community Brent is able to upcycle this wood, ensuring that our material sourcing has minimal impact on the environment. Unusable wood is taken to a local composting facility, down to the sawdust, continuing the cycling of organic materials back to the earth. Working in collaboration with local manufacturers, artisans, developers, and architects, Brent’s portfolio ranges from local public art restoration projects to international installations. Brent continues to explore themes unique to the Pacific Northwest that connect people to this unparalleled setting and the history and dynamism of the landscape.”