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Chairs from the Collection
Soilid | Erez Nevi Pana

2013, Prototype, Materials: Earth, fungi, natural materials, 40X40X40cm
Courtesy of the designer

The designer Erez Nevi Pana developed
a dough-like material made from earth and
fungi that can be baked in a home oven and used to create various objects such as a stool or chair. The objects are very sturdy and capable of bearing weight, which makes them suitable for sitting. The fusion between the organic materials creates a chemical reaction. By employing simple wood or plaster molds, it is possible to sculpt the material after it has been baked.

In his work, Erez Nevi Pana is inspired by his childhood in his parent's garden, where he first experienced contact with earth as matter. He began to combine the earth with other organic materials in different ratios of volume: at first employing two-dimensional
pallets, and then testing the material and
studying its strength by varying the baking
time. The amount of time that the material was left in the oven established the thin line between a very sturdy chair or one that was baked too long or not long enough and was fragile.

Erez Nevi Pana (b. 1983 in Israel) is a designer who graduated from the Faculty of Interior Design at the Holon Institute of Technology, and holds a master's degree in the program of contextual design from the Eindhoven Academy in Holland. In his work, he focuses on material and natural processes, combining them to create hybrids. He is inspired by a spiritual approach and a broad view of the world through design

Photos: Itay Benit

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