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Cabinet - Wooden Heap

Wooden Heap

  • Object:

    Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)

  • Date:

    2012 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dennler, Boris (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut, glued

  • Museum number:

    W.11:1-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

‘Wooden Heap’ is both a trompe l’oeil (illusionistic) object that seems to be no more than an artfully composed stack of wood, and a fully functional piece of furniture. It consists of six identical drawer units which can be stacked in various configurations, without fixings. When stacked one above the other, the unit recalls an early 19th-century chiffonier, or narrow chest with six drawers. It is not, however, constructed using traditional cabinet-making techniques, with the exception of the drawers. Instead, the visible wooden stick elements are glued onto manufactured drawer units.

Physical description

Walnut cabinet, consisting of six identical stacking units. Each unit contains one drawer. The units are constructed as a box, inside which the drawer sits on steel runners. Long rectangular strips of walnut are glued to the sides of the boxes, with shorter blocks glued to the front and back. This creates the illusion that each unit is made up of a stack of wood.

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)

Date

2012 (made)

Artist/maker

Dennler, Boris (designed)

Materials and Techniques

Walnut, glued

Dimensions

Height: 135 cm, Width: 56.3 cm, Depth: 46.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cabinet, 'Wooden Heap', designed by BorisLab (Boris Dennler), 2012, Walnut, No 4 of edition of 8

Labels and date

‘Wooden Heap’ drawer unit
2012
BorisLab: Boris Dennler (born 1976)

Switzerland (Fribourg)
Made by Société ARCA, Paris

Walnut
Drawers: walnut, with manufactured runners in steel and plastic
Number 4 from an edition of 8
Purchased by the Design Fund
Museum no. W.11-2012

‘Wooden Heap’ consists of six identical drawer units. These can be stacked in various configurations, appropriate for an object seemingly made of stacked pieces of wood.

As shown here, the unit recalls a 19th-century chiffonier, or narrow chest with six drawers. But it is not constructed using traditional cabinet-making techniques. Instead, the visible wooden stick elements are glued onto manufactured drawer units. [01/12/2012]

Materials

Walnut; Glue; Steel

Techniques

Glueing

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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