Puzzle-like furniture made from high-quality materials
When creating the Traits d’Union collection for an exhibition at Galerie Dutko in Paris, French designer Eric Benqué used quality materials and craftsmanship to guide his work. Due to his desire to create furniture without artificial glue, nails or screws, Benqué created furniture that functions as a puzzle.
Each piece of the collection can be turned, deconstructed or reconfigured. The side table can be flat-packed, the stool and desk folded and the legs of the dining table can be entirely taken apart. To accomplish the collection, the designer called upon a selection of experts and old techniques. The oak table was fabricated using a Japanese micro-planing technique, while the maple and leather desk is held together with a system of notches. All of the materials are meant to create and highlight contrasts: leather and wood, gold varnish and dark cork, shiny stone and brute wood. Quality materials that demand quality craftsmanship – an artistic exploration between man and material.