Vitra Herringbone Trees Set Of 3
Designer: Raw-Edges, 2019
The Herringbone Trees are an exemplary illustration of how fabric, ceramic and wood each react differently to the immersion process. The edges of the colour fields are blurrier and softer on the wooden objects, lending them an expression of cosy warmth enhanced by the natural shade of the untreated areas. Each Herringbone Tree is manually dipped into the dyes, making it a uniquely crafted artefact. The Herringbone Trees are exclusively available in a limited-edition set of three.
Created by Raw-Edges, the Herringbone Collection emerged from the studio‘s interest in the technique of immersion dyeing. The transformations of different materials and shapes when parts of them are dipped in a dye bath exert an almost magical fascination on the design duo Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer.
In 2018, Raw-Edges conceived the furnishings and layout for an entire floor of the VitraHaus on the Vitra Campus. For this project, they developed a series of pillows and small, tree-like wooden objects with patterns based on the immersion dyeing technique. These pieces met with great interest, which led to the decision to further refine the designs for mass production.
The resulting Herringbone Collection consists of three product groups: the Herringbone Pillows, Herringbone Vessels and Herringbone Trees. The colour scheme and sharpness of the pattern contours vary depending on the respective material.
The Herringbone Pillows exude a cheerful freshness thanks to a use of clear colours and captivating patterns, which have a distinctly geometric look despite their handcrafted origins. The intersecting and overlapping bands of varying colour intensity were achieved through multiple immersions in different coloured dyes, with the final result serving as an exact template for the printed pattern of the Herringbone Pillows.