It is not unusual for a piece of furniture to be made out of a log. However, Richard Parker, Brionny Hooper and the team from Scion (The NZ Forest Research Institute) wanted a kit set chair that would fit back inside the log that it was cut from.
Inspiration for this idea came from a child’s puzzle and the project’s aim was to demonstrate a future sustainable forest milling practice.
Rather than removing logs from a forest and stripping it bare, a highly evolved machine would cut what is needed from the tree onsite and leave the rest of the tree to be absorbed into the environment around it. In one aspect, this is closer to traditional milling methods, both Maori and European.
Richard and Brionny are going to use the log chair puzzle as a visual aid in their future presentations to colleagues and forest industry partners.