Layers can tell the story of time. For example, the upper left image shows various layers that individually identify several recent projects in our workshop - the white layer occurred when we ran some foam insulation through our table saw.
The time-frame of layers may be as ephemeral as our quick run of foam cutting - and sometimes layers can illustrate a much longer period of time.
The word Strata connotes multi-million year epochs – consisting of geologic rock layers created by time and pressure. My favorite example of strata is the various type of sandstone that can be seen in Southern Utah. The second image happens to be of some red rock layers that can be seen in Snow Canyon, Utah. Geological (or any type of) layers can be elegant individually, or in repetition; but I find when there is a shift, or bulge, or inaccuracy because of a natural intervention; is when the layers get really beautiful and exciting.
It’s this idea of repeated layers with natural variation that informed the design concept for our Strata Chair. Almost like a topographical map, the chair is constructed from multiple laminations of veneer and plywood. There are many layers with the same contour, and a few that are setup to create some variation. The veneers we use have predictable qualities, but more importantly, they have inherent natural discrepancies which create the variation of colors and textures that become exposed on the chairs surfaces – giving each lamination, each layer, and each chair its very own unique characteristics.
The layering of these materials is intended to create a delicate aesthetic, but the finished assembly creates a solid structure that result in an extremely durable and long lasting chair.