Many designers today are inspired by various nature phenomena, animals and plants and create items that remind of them. Today we are sharing a project that is right one of these: it’s inspired by birds, and to be precise, by feathers.
For their final project in furniture design at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand, students Jumphol Socharoentham and Pakawat Vijaykadga designed the ALATO CABINET with a focus on wood and craftsmanship.
The prominent feature of the piece is the layered doors where the pair used feathers for inspiration. Weaving ash veneer through vertical wooden rods, a shingle effect begins to take shape. The piece is made of solid ash, ash veneer, MDF board and metal, it looks impossible to weave veneer like that as it’s a solid material but they did it. To play up the layered look, they sprayed the veneer with paint in different intensities, which resulted in a bold, gradient finish, much like fish scales. Inside you’ll find comfy storage compartments, so the item isn’t only beautiful as a decoration, it’s functional, too.