Jan & Randoald for Labt
Labt applies the greenhouse principle: young designers are allowed to develop a collaboration with the next-door workshop specialized in customized furniture. Collaborations with designer are allowed to develop for a long span of time. In other words: ideas are fostered to germinate, grow and take root. What has sufficiently matured leaves the greenhouse as an open edition to be showcased (be it in the beautiful pictures of Julien or being present at Interieur). Once the product is placed on the market, new collaborations are sprouting.
Jan & Randoald approached this collaboration with the idea of 'crossover graphics". Taking the trunk of a tree as example, they explain how the veneer lathe can be seen as a pattern on a wooden sheet. These sheets are stacked together like the pages of a book. Which on its own can be used to form a board of plywood. And on the furniture made out of this material they printed a 'cover', here a tablecloth that at the same time reinforces the table.
They also applied this idea on mantelpiece trophies and wall supports where the graphics serve as patterns to mount.