Thread Bench Made from Bent Metal by Ola Giertz

Swedish furniture and product designer Ola Giertz created the Thread Bench, which looks like metal easily bent and twisted into the finished shape. In actuality, the bars of metal are manually bent by both cold and warm forging, a much more labor-intensive process.

Watch this:

Inspired by a child’s playful outlook at the world, Giertz wanted an asymmetrical, “lighthearted style” to reflect that and asked the question, “Why does everything have to be so perfect and tidy looking?” The bench appears chaotic, opposite of most work found in furniture design, but still has a sense of playfulness.

Wire models

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.