Inspired by the mountains: bent plywood chairs from Finland

Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture and Finnish brand Made by Choice have released the Lieksa collection – the unusual wavy silhouette of the back of these chairs resembles a mountain range. The pieces are a simple structure of bent birch plywood that splits into two to form a seat and legs.

The collection, created in Finland, includes, in addition to chairs, a chaise longue, a small round table, and a conference table. The tables have a hidden compartment for storing small items such as a pen, laptop or phone. Its cover with a hidden landscape can be turned over and presented as decoration.

Snarkitecture’s mission is to “make sense of the familiar.” The designers are confident that the natural warmth of wood and its curious shape will become a point of attraction in any room.

The tradition of making furniture from bent plywood originated in Scandinavia, first introduced in the 1930s by the architect Alvar Aalto. “After several experiments with materials and prototypes, we came up with a very Finnish way of making furniture,” says Antti Olin from Made by Choice.

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