Arik Levy & the Split collection
06 July 2015
Levy’s inspiration for Split was to take the techniques of the past and modernise them. The name of the collection comes from ‘splitting’ a piece of wood in two and bending each part in a different direction to make sculptured chairs, barstools, armchairs and lounge armchairs. The act of bending forms the design, but also the functional seat needed for chairs and other seating furniture.
This manual bending technique is 150 years old and requires in-depth knowledge of woodcraft. Creating the Split collection has been a labour of love, as learning how to correctly bend wood for a new design can take more than six months to learn. Each Split piece combines fluid design, functionality and thoughtful ergonomics. As with all quality furniture, durability is a must and every design has been put through a series of heavy load tests.
Once he was assured of the functionality, Levy concentrated on the visual aspects of the collection. To highlight form on every non-material surface, he used a gradient technique. This involves layering paint to showcase the thickness of the wood or the curve of the wood as it ‘splits.’
The dedication to every detail in this collection meant two years between initial sketch to finished product, and with a design story like this, furniture from the Split collection will surely add class to any space.
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