Merel Karhof has been utilizing breeze as muse for years, finding new ways to spin airflow. The London-based designer’s wind knitting machine which united a metal mill and loom to make one-of-a-kind scarves. Her ongoing Energy Harvesters series underscores her fascination with the invisible force. And her newest project, a furniture collection, is not only inspiring but it’s the extremely ambitious.
Karhof cited the project at the Zaanse Schans region of the Netherlands, an industrial milling hub which dates back almost 300 years. On-site, Karhof's harnessed raving gales and used original, still-functioning machinery in a three-fold process to create the furniture: a sawmill sliced the wood that provided the structure for each piece, a color mill ground the pigment which was further used to dye the yarn, and Karhof’s own knitting machine transformed those colored fibers into mini pillows to upholster the stools, benches, and seats. And much like she did with the scarves, whose length corresponded to time it took to make, each cushion is sized relative to how long it took to produce.
The concept itself is enough to make this one of the coolest design endeavors in the furniture industry, not to mention a thoughtful approach to sustainability.