Any architect or antique aficionado knows that there was a time, now long gone, when beautiful heavy timber was abundant and wood of all kinds was plentiful. Taking found antique wooden objects, old beams, and 10o-year-old furniture pieces that are falling apart, Varian Designs makes compelling contemporary benches, tables and hybrid furniture sets from classic shapes and recycled materials.
The history of the constituent woods is evident in the attention to detail and careful joinery as well as the aesthetics of the connections used, including steel plates and bolts that reference the once-architectural functions these once had as part of structural wood beams and columns. Many (such as the first wood desk design shown above) pull pieces from various periods and past projects and fuse them into hybrid new works.
While there is much that is traditional about these pieces in terms of their construction and materiality, there is also something distinctly modern about their simple lines. There is also the unique way in which the use of structural typologies normally associated with buildings but applied here to new wood bench, table and design designs.