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Brief Published: 16 Apr 2015

Milan 2015: Wooden Aquarelle by Mieke Harde

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Wooden Aquarelle by Mieke Harde

Wooden Aquarelle by Germany-based designer Mieke Harde is an investigation into creating unique coloured treatments on wood.

Spotted at Salone Satellite, the emerging talent section of the Milan Furniture Fair, the effect is created by soaking the wood with water that has been mixed with colour pigments. The liquid soaks into the wood at different rates, depending on its placement and density of the material, then as it dries leaves behind a watercolour-like effect. Due to the unconventional application method, the resulting colour and pattern is unpredictable and is different every time.

The treated wooden sheets can be used to make items such as furniture or wall panels; the unusual process enables the resulting products to be mass-produced yet entirely unique each time.

For more on material and process-driven pattern that enables bespoke products and finishes, see our A/W 15-16 Design Direction, Intervene and S/S 16 Design Direction, Extend.

Painterly effects and unique colour application are seeing a resurgence, appealing to the desire for an unexpected human touch. Look to Colour Me In for further inspiration.

For more on what's happening at Milan Design Week 2015, take a look at our Preview report. Keep an eye on #StylusMilan15 on Twitter and Instagram for on-the-ground updates from our team.

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