A wide bench made of pieces of solid Oregon pine glued together. The three-dimensional pattern on the surface was created with a CNC milling machine and subsequently hand-finished with Japanese planers and profiled scrapers. The legs are made of two wedge-shaped pieces of Oregon Pine, joined with sliding dovetails in European walnut. Finally, the surface was sanded and finished with lye soap.
‘Sakyu’ is Japanese for sand dune. The wavy pattern is based on sine curves, which can be calculated mathematically and are found throughout nature. The pattern creates an interesting interplay of light and shade and is reminiscent of the lines made by the waves on a sandy beach or by the wind sweeping the large sand dunes in the Sahara Desert. The three-dimensional pattern also provides an interesting tactile experience, and the soft curves make the pinewood seat pleasant to use. The Japanese title reflects the important role of Japanese craftsmanship and culture as a source of inspiration in Fenhann’s work, including the meditative quality of taking the time to experience and observe the characteristics and tactility of materials.
Solid Oregon pine
L 195 x W 84 x H 34 cm
Furniture designer and cabinetmaker, b. 1972
Rasmus Fenhann creates designs with an equal focus on sculptural and functional qualities. His works are made in carefully selected natural materials, especially wood. His working processes combines traditional, sometimes near-forgotten craft techniques with advanced high-tech procedures, including computer-based sketching and visualization. By allowing the natural properties of the materials to guide the design process he aims to create products with a long life span .
Fenhann’s main source of inspiration is traditional Japanese woodwork and the Danish cabinetmaking tradition, and his works often incorporate his personal interpretations of selected aspects of these craft traditions. Another important source of inspiration is nature and the mathematical properties of natural forms – universal forms that are outside any human control.
Education and practice
2010 to date: own cabinetmaker’s studio with Teis Dich Abrahamsen in Copenhagen
2003: furniture designer, The Danish Design School (now Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
2003–10: own cabinetmaker’s studio, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2009–16: teacher at DIS Scandinavian Furniture programme
2005–14: teacher at The Danish Design School (now Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
2001–04: assistant at Nanna Ditzel’s design studio
1996: cabinetmaker, Roskilde Technical College
2015: large Hikari lamp ’Contrahedron’ included in Designmuseum Danmark’s permanente collection
Selected grants and honours
2016: Finn Juhl Prize
2004: Silver Hetsch Medal
1999: Bronze Hetsch Medal
1996: Silver Medal for graduation project as cabinetmaker
2015: ‘Japanometry’, solo exhibition, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2010: ‘Wood Couture’, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2010: CC14, Crafts Collection, Maison&Objet, Paris
2007: ‘Made in Denmark’, exhibition by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 100% Design London
2005: ‘AERO’, solo exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen