Manufactured from Soft Maple and natural cork
2800mm L x 410mm H x 575mm W
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The Meraki Daybed, made using cork and American soft maple, is the result of a decision to create African furniture in combination with more modern geometric shapes. The shape and concept for the headrest derived from research based on the Senufo people of West Africa. The carving is a focal point, which emphasizes the importance of the handmade aesthetic, as opposed to only machine manufacturing. Cork is also used as an alternative to upholstery, where the emphasis is based on sustainability in combination with an unconventional material.
Designed for the American Hardwood Council as part of the Seed to Seat project: www.seedtoseat.info
*Photography by Justin Patrick
Laurie Wiid Van Heerden
Laurie Wiid van Heerden is a Cape Town based designer that explores the notion of luxury, in its past and future terms, here in South Africa where the first and third worlds collide.
Laurie Wiid established his studio, Wiid Design, in Cape Town in 2013. Often working collaboratively with other artists and across a wide variety of materials, Laurie’s product range spans furniture, lighting, tableware and collectible objects that combine specialist manufacturing with handcrafting.
The studio has become well-known for its innovative use of cork in high-end product design, architecture and large-scale production manufacturing. Recognised as an African “ambassador” for cork by Portuguese producer Amorim, Laurie has pushed the boundaries of the material to achieve a numbe...Read more
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