Anna Bera is a Polish designer who established The Whole Elements, a design studio and carpentry workshop. It was with this studio that she created the Earth Stone Wood collection, a series of modular furniture inspired by age-old beliefs and emphasized on modern design. She also recently exhibited at Wanted Design.
The multi-faceted design of the collection was inspired by orthoquartzite rocks, used in spiritual beliefs/rituals by the ancient Slavs and found in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, the oldest mountains in Europe. Bera handmade the collection from solid cherry wood and recycled fir wood using a traditional Japanese wood burning technique to create charred wood, or shou sugi ban wood. Each piece can be combined to form a unique, modular creation (for example, a cabinet) or be used on its own as a table, seat, or singular storage unit.
With this collection, Bera aims to highlight tangible structure of the orthoquartzite rock and its intangible attributions, including history, hidden order and changeability.
To learn more about the Earth Stone Wood collection and the inspiration that led to its creation, visit The Whole Elements.