Brushwood furniture

„Brushwood“ refers to the undergrowth of a forest: a thicket of small trees and bushes. In the furniture series, a steam-bent hazel branch forms the central element and is complemented by a construction of processed ash to create functional wooden seating objects. Both elements are closely related and illustrate the holistic use of natural forest resources within the standardized context of the timber industry.

Historically, brushwood played an important role in traditional forest management. Hazel- and other bushes were regularly cut to provide material for tools, woven baskets, fences, and walking sticks. This practice allowed timber to be harvested over long periods of time without the need to cut down large trees. The coexistence of old growth trees and regularly cut brush created a dual-purpose ecosystem, providing both materials and habitat for wildlife. Over the centuries, this method, known as coppicing, profoundly shaped the European forest. Today, besides biomass energy production, the importance of brushwood in the wood industry has diminished. Single species such as straight and fast-growing fir or pine are preferred for wood products, resulting in forestry practices that often focus on monocultures. To adapt to the challenges posed by future climate scenarios, we need to take a more holistic approach to forest management, including mixed forests, wildlife, insects, fungi, and a variety of plant species that thrive within the brushwood.