December 5, 2022

Bar Gantz Uses Steam Bending To Create Twisted Wood Furniture


Israeli designer Bar Gantz has created a collection of furniture by steaming wood bending into twisted shapes.

The collection – which was in Dezeen’s list of top 12 products by emerging designers at IMM Cologne 2017 – includes a table, trestle, shelf and mirror.

The process of folding each piece involves heating thin pieces of wood in a steam box, making them flexible enough to be molded into curves.

After spending months researching the technique, Gantz became particularly fascinated with its use to create twists.

She began to experiment with ways to incorporate these shapes into furniture, using them instead of traditional supports.

IMM: Steam bending furniture

“When I first discovered this technology, I immediately saw the potential, as well as the magic,” said the designer, who completed the series as part of her final project at the Holon Institute of Technology.

“I fell in love with the idea of ​​reviving old, traditional and ecological know-how,” she said.

IMM: Steam bending furniture

The coffee table has a circular top supported by three strips of wood, which are folded into a U-shape upside down.

Each of the legs is twisted slightly and they are brought together at the top to provide additional support.

IMM: Steam bending furniture

The trestle is also made up of a pair of folded bands that run alongside each other, but separate to form legs. Each of the legs is held in position by additional U-shaped strips of wood.

IMM: Steam bending furniture

For the mirror, Gantz used a single piece of wood that twists to form a support, while the shelf curves in the center to form a flat surface for displaying objects.

IMM: Steam bending furniture

This year’s IMM Cologne fair took place from January 16-22, 2017.

Other novelties presented at the show this year included stained glass shelves by Werner Aisslinger that can be personalized online and furniture made using a traditional Colombian weaving technique.