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The Pink Stool has a calm and self-reliant attitude. It consists of two contradictory container shapes put together: an upright and deep vertical shape and a flat horizontal shape that defines the seating. Bakker adds longevity to the stool by applying Urushi, tree sap, a traditional Japanese lacquer that is naturally harvested from a tree. In excess of 30 layers of urushi is applied to the surface as a varnish and each layer must be allowed to dry in a warm, dust-free, humid environment. Lacquer applied too thickly or unevenly, or allowed to dry too quickly or slowly can result in inconsistencies and uneven surfaces.
Each layer is polished by hand, a process that creates tiny, almost imperceptible variations in shade and color and gives the surface its sense of depth and life. The natural one-component varnish becomes harder and harder over time. Keeping the core of the product intact for decades. Today there are 9000-year-old objects - still well preserved with Urushi. The technique demands patience, awareness, time, and attention. The Urushi series is Bakker’s peaceful protest against overspending and planned obsolescence.; conservation versus consumerism.
Architectural Foam, Urushi Lacquer
Ø 18.9 x 17.3 in
Ø 48 x 44 cm