Using reclaimed wine oak strips, Josh Neilsen has designed and built the Honeycomb Table.
Can you explain the layout of the project:
Inspired by geometry in nature, the Honeycomb Table combines these small, reclaimed, wine oak strips into hexagonal cells comprised of hundreds of individual pieces to create a unique hollow, tactile structure.
What problems or challenges did you face?:
At about 2” x 18” and only .5” thick, they were too small to be used for traditional furniture parts. The challenge became to design a piece that could use such small pieces and still be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
What do you feel were the most unusual design elements of the project?:
Several years ago, I picked up a pallet of small oak strips from a fellow furniture maker. The oak had been used at a winery during the fermentation process. While soaking in the stainless-steel vessels, the wooden strips were stained with the colour of the wine creating an array of beautiful earth tones.
How do you think this project is pushing design forward? What makes it special?:
I was able to take previously unusable material and create something structurally sound and beautiful.