With the collection AKAR, which refers to the word “roots” in Indonesian, Atelier Pendhapa pushed the boundaries of what can be made from solid wood today in using the material in its most organic form. The design of the solid wood elements challenges gravity, as it undulates around the fabric. The wood frames are reminiscent of pieces of intricate jewelry, while the horsehair fabric cushions appear like mounted gemstones.
The essence of the collaboration was for Atelier Pendhapa to best showcase the fabric’s unique characteristics. Horse-hair fabric is particularly unique for its sustainable quality: no animals are harmed in the process. By nature, it also holds its coarse, strong, and lustrous qualities.
The desk Akar was revealed at EDIT design show in Napoli, 2021.