This Gorgeous Wood Coloring Technique Will Blow Your Mind
It’s not often that a colored piece of wooden furniture really catches our eye. Sure, an interesting piece of raw or varnished wood is a thing of beauty all on its own, but painted wood pieces are usually more fun and functional than phenomenal. Unless, that is, they’ve been given a beautiful, blissed-out color treatment that leaves them looking like something straight out of a watercolor dream.
For 28-year-old designer Meike Harde, wooden aquarelle — a technique once used by German painters like August Macke and Emil Nolte — is all in a day’s work. After clamping a piece of wood into place, Harde pours a series of pigmented waters onto the surface, letting them roll where they may and soak into the wood fibers. The result is a heavenly melange of hues, all spilling into one another and creating a free-form, one-of-a-kind look within each piece.
The two-time German Design Award nominee says she’s dedicated to rethinking common manufacturing technologies, which is something this particular technique nails: She’s able to produce large quantities of products, yet no two are alike. So far, she’s created triangular nesting tables and a standing screen, all of which have a subtly trippy, almost musical quality to them.
If this is what her early creations look like, we can’t wait to see what she does next.
Would you buy (or DIY) a piece like this? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.
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