Atelier Max Lipsey, a design studio based in The Netherlands, has created the ‘Woven Bench’, a modern bench made from colorful steel strips.
The Woven Bench is inspired by the close study of the Canvas textile. Zooming in and looking very closely at Canvas, the interwoven nature of the textile fibers becomes more apparent, highlighting the tactile quality, and the optical effects of the unexpected colour combinations.
“I particularly wanted to explore the paradox of soft yet strong qualities that result from weaving. The idea of ‘soft strength’ at first seems contradictory or silly. But I’m reminded of the saying, ‘The wind does not break a tree that bends’: simple wisdom, and a more effective approach than reliance on strength alone.”
Using steel strips instead of threads, we scaled up the weave of Canvas. At this size – two millimeters thick – steel strips are rather flimsy. The longest ones, over three metres, are barely able to support their own weight. The structure produced in weaving them together brings a spring-like tension to the bench, allowing it to support a body with just a bit of soft give. Cladding each strip in a different colour of the Canvas textile, handled by Studio Stelt, adds to the feeling of softness.