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ForestBank : Complex patterns portraying unique stories

 Monday, November 7, 2022

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ForestBank, a new form of wood, is designed out of forest waste typically regarded as “worthless” for furniture production. Yuma Kano, a Japanese designer, used miniature trees, leaves, bark, seeds, dirt, and other objects to create this unique type of waste-recycled wood. Kano merely combined them with a reactive mineral foundation and a water-based acrylic resin that is free of organic solvents and volatile organic compounds. The outcome reveals distinctive patterns that change according to the season and other elements of the forest at the time of harvest.

Yuma Kano exhibits two pieces of furniture manufactured out of ForestBank, in conjunction with the 2022 edition of Designart Tokyo. The event’s major exhibition featured the chair and table designs. Designboom showcases the venues and exhibitions that liven up the Japanese metropolis this month as a media partner of Designart Tokyo 2022.

Made completely out of waste materials ; recycled and sustainable

ForestBank seeks to explore opportunities in and around forests and to completely determine their value. The finished product is composed of a range of varied hues that aptly reflects the characteristics of the harvest site. The yellows and greens seen on the surface of ForestBank are the actual colouring of the trees, which are dyed by bacteria found in nature. As the seasons change, the green leaves that were mixed in turn orange and brown. The soil from the forest floor can also be used, adding more brown and black tones. Cross-sections of roots and seeds that are typically buried in the soil are what give ForestBank’s intricate patterns their complexity.

ForestBank by Yuma Kano is a material that can be moulded using standard woodworking techniques and used in a variety of industries, including furniture manufacturing and interior design. Furthermore, the forest need not be its only supply. The material can be manufactured from tree trash from parks, gardens, and roadways as well as wood waste from woodworking firms to produce original patterns that each tell a different tale.

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