Eco Beat

Israeli product designer Eli Chissik creates furniture from
recycled wood.

It takes a special kind of talent to see something you would ordinarily throw away and think, “Wait, I could use that.” It’s one that Israeli product designer Eli Chissik has in truckloads. His claim to fame is his series of furniture called, in rather tongue-in-cheek fashion, Wood con-fusion. Made entirely from bits of wood picked up from the scrap piles of carpenters in Eli’s neighbourhood, the pieces are exquisite, sturdy and display superior craftsmanship. And don’t dismiss this as an initiative that sacrifices quality. The designer starts his work with a scavenger hunt, salvaging wood that goes from veneer to Formica laminate. “I take the bits and lay them next to each other trying to create new graphic combinations. Then I glue them together onto one sheet of wood. This sheet is used as the raw material for my designs,” he explains. The result… arresting forms and interesting patterns. A table might look like slivers of chocolate that vary from milk to dark, put together to form a yet un-invented dessert. Another creation might have a glass top supported by a semi circle of differently textured blocks. A third is sleek, almost architectural, with a white body and square window frames instead of legs. There is infinite variety. “The main challenge is working with what you find, which kind of limits you. But once you have created enough variations, you can find use for almost any material,” Eli admits. The series, which made it to Trendhunter Top Eco Trends of 2012, will be displayed at the Periskop gallery, Tel Aviv, from 4th July 2013.

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