Over the past years, furniture designers established new ways of taking advantage of resin and its defining characteristics to create unique and outstanding pieces. Resin furniture has become a style, a trend and a source of inspiration for a new way of thinking. But what is resin exactly and how to define it? The easiest way to describe it would be as a highly viscous substance which hardens over time or when exposed to heat or to another substance. This is the polymerization process during which the resin is transformed into a solid with adhesive properties during the transitioning.
There are numerous different types of resin, which include polyester, polyamides, polyurethanes, epoxies, silicones, polyethylene, acrylics or polystyrene. They each distinct characteristics and uses. Until not so long ago, resin furniture only described the faux wicker types or the more durable alternatives to plastic chairs and tables and referred mostly to outdoor pieces used on decks and patios. But then a new style was born and this one took advantage of the resin’s adhesive property. We’re talking about furniture designs which are created by mixing resin with wood or other materials to create intricate and organic forms and patterns. Here are some of the most iconic ones.
The Earth table has a highly original and unique top which was created by putting together 50,000 year old kauri wood from New Zealand and resin. Its design is an artistic representation of our planet. The wooden parts symbolize the continents and the resin sections are the oceans. The beauty of this piece comes from the contrast between the texture of the wood and the transparency of the resin.
The Kauri Beam table by C.R.& S.RIVA1920 is quite similar in the sense that it too puts together wood and resin although in different proportions. The resin, in this case, is more of a link that connects the wood sections and completes the table, allowing it to have a smooth, rectangular top with no physical interruptions.
This is the Crystal Series, a collection with an interesting story. It was created by artist Saerom Yoon and it sort of shaped itself. It was during the design process that the artist noticed how when casting resin sometimes random textures appear on the blocks. He selected some of these and processed them to create these gem-like blocks.
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