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Bare Wood Becomes Ethereal with Wooden Aquarelle
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Wooden Aquarelle is a method that Meike Harde uses to color bare wood. When poured on wooden surfaces, liquid pigments flow randomly creating color gradients, transitioning into other hues. The results are soothingly ethereal panels that Harde used to construct furniture.

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First, a wooden panel gets clamped into a waterproof frame in preparation for the pigmented water to get poured onto it. The pigmented water both soaks in and evaporates, leaving behind a panel of colored wood that gets varnished. After that, the panels can be used for a variety of uses, like wall panels, furniture, and floor tiles.

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The square dining table has legs that unscrew so it can be flat shipped. The pigment continues down the outer sides of the legs, while the other sides remain natural.

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A series of side tables are split diagonally letting them be arranged in various configurations. They’re made at different heights so they can be nested.

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The screen is made out of a series of single boards that are connected to let it zig zag and stand up.

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Photos by Meike Harde and Karolina Suflida.

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.