In the 18th century, peat farmers lived in northern Germany‘s unspoilt moorland under poorest conditions. The bog oak was therefore of particular importance to them. After the trees had died and been preserved for thousands of years in the bog, their wood turned deep black. My developed process accelerates the natural process industrially by placing oak wood in a moor water bath and tempering it with a boiler impregnation process. The tannic acid of the oak reacts with the iron-containing moor water and colours it due to the chemical reaction. The design of the furniture is based on the chairs typical for this region at that time, whose characteristic seat was usually woven with rushes. They are interpreted in a modern minimalist style and made of industrially produced bog oak wood. The project represents the unique history of the moorland and serve as an identity anchor for the further development of North German cultural awareness.
Then as today, the chair is extremely light and still represents the modesty of its historical owners in its restrained form. Besides the deep black bog oak wood, it also catches the eye for its handcrafted and stylized details.
The rearward tapering seat may seem familiar at first glance, but at the same time unusual. Taking up the typical form of the braiding patterns of well-known country chairs, it is now made of solid wood using modern CNC technology.