Pile-Up
Bookcase, 4 seating objects
& a low table
Hunn Wai
2011

Close to 600 hand-finished sheets of 3mm-thick plywood are stacked to form a monolithic volume, from which 5 volumes are extracted to result in functional voids that render it a book-case.

However the removed volumes have calculated functions based on their dimensions and proportions; they have become 4 seating objects and a low table.

Inspired by the vernacular of wood stock in its storage state, Wai seeks to give function and internal logic via the seemingly non-designed interventions on the sculptural mass. The piece is at the same time composed of naturally arranged layers, but also given a precise application of cuts to activate furniture archetypes.

Thereby creating tension between freedom and control, and unifying the objects though their functions, material properties and manufacturing processes.