For fireplace-starved apartment dwellers, here’s an alternative way to bring in some woodsy warmth as we approach the cooler months. Designer Paul Foeckler’s Split Grain lighting collection is made from firewood he forages himself in California and then slices uses a splitting technique that reveals the grain patterns of the cross sections. These intricacies are then highlighted when the light emanates from the sculptural piece.
The project began when Foeckler noticed the complexity and beauty of an ordinary piece of firewood, and thus that it was too beautiful to burn.
His intention when designing each piece is to strike a balance between organic forms and refined technological materials. As he describes, the final collection is “minimalist and formal with a strong architectural sensibility.” He also explains how the work speaks to the noble trees from which the wood comes.
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