Mette Betzen and Lasse Kristensen

VOID, 2018.  Danish Ash, 80 H x 100 L x 44 D cm   photo: Egeværk

VOID, 2018.

Danish Ash, 80 H x 100 L x 44 D cm 

photo: Egeværk

 
 

'Is VOID a table from a distant nightmarish future? Or a magical creation picked in the middle of a Nordic forest by a gentle giant? Unattended, will it root in your living room? To Egeværk, VOID is a love song to the most beautiful wood in the world; the dying Danish ash. VOID also pays tribute to the process of creating by hand. The very process that makes Egeværk tick. VOID is an investigation into the relationship between function, shape, craft and art. A creative nonsense and a thing of great beauty.

A table is a convention, an understandable place to meet up and socialize. But you can't place anything on VOID; it is not a natural place to have a conversation; cups, plates and cutlery will disappear into the void. On some surfaces, shape playfully succumbs to functionality, on others, the exploration of the material seems to win. In VOID, the magnificent ash and the organic shapes battle function in the most beautiful and thought-provoking way.

The whole piece is constructed using wood from the same ash tree. Each layer of wood is carefully flipped and turned to accomplish utmost harmony and beauty in the grains (structure and pattern) throughout the piece. VOID is carved out using spokeshaves, rasps, wood chisels, and a mallet. We imagine that the original size and shape of the huge block of wood will always linger discreetly in the room.' 

-Egeværk   

 

The Danish furniture makers Egeværk create unique handcrafted furniture, known for its uncompromising quality and refined woodworking. Lasse Kristensen and Mette Bentzen have exhibited around Europe and the United States.