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Twisted Wood Collection by Kino and Elyse Guerin

DESIGNER:

Kino and Elyse Guerin

PHOTO:

Kino and Elyse Guerin

YEAR:

2012-2019

PRODUCTION:

Canada

LINKS:

Kino and Elyse Guerin, @kinoguerin

I like challenges.
I gave myself one a few years ago, one that would become my leitmotiv: From now on, I would make furniture with a unique piece of wood, no legs, no crossbars or supports.
Of course, there is not only one piece but several very thin layers glued one over the other so as to be able to bend the whole piece. To simplify, let’s take a wooden panel; it makes an excellent top for a table but for the legs, one must bend the extremities until they reach the floor. This is the base, but it must also look very nice, original and be punchy. To get this overall effect, the panel must be bent further in order to obtain an airy movement, as if this had been done naturally. It must reflect equilibrium between the curve and the straight line, between exuberance and purity. The whole essence of this aesthetic approach can thus be captured at a glance and let one speechless at the sight of this splendid beauty, requiring no props or devices. It is my definition of perfection.

Quote from a craft and design expert :

“Kino Guerin is a master at bending a rigid material to get this beautiful flow and movement. It is not easy to do. These pieces look as if they are effortless, but they are technically very hard. He creates an elegance. A beautiful, lyrical flow. There is nothing common about these pieces. Kino Guerin distinguishes himself from everyone else making furniture today.” Michael Monroe
American craft and design expert,
Washington Bellevue Arts Museum
Executive Director, now retired

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