Swedish designers Stoft Studio were intrigued with the idea of the old and the new, the ancient and the modern and it was from this that the Whittle Away collection was born. Consisting of an armoire and a smaller cupboard that can be wall-mounted, the exterior is made up of planks of wood that have been stripped back like the bark of a tree to reveal the bright natural algae paint colours underneath. As the outer skin unfurls, something new and unspoilt that has lain dormant is revealed. The result is a paired-down minimalism combined with a certain colourful homeliness, the simple form of which is evocative of handicrafts of the past.

Whittle Away was commissioned for the exhibition What’s your DNA? and presented during Dutch Design Week 2017.

Images | Ulrika Kestere

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