Chris Kabel 
/ Wood Ring presented by Galerie kreo
Design Miami/ Basel 2014

Wood Ring by Chris Kabel 
presented by Galerie kreo

Chris Kabel fashions everyday materials into extraordinarym works of design through simple, ingenious tweaks and operations. His Wood Ring bench consists of one hundred identical trapezoidal blocks, all hewn out of one Canadian pine, arranged in a circle and cinched by a metal band that featured a custom-designed clasp. Just like with a barrel, Kabel’s bench is held together not with glue or nails but
thanks to the tension of the external metal strip, which creates sufficient pressure to unify the blocks. The grain of the wood has been carefully retained through the bench, in order to emphasize the origin of the material from a single tree.

Chris Kabel was born in Bloemendaal, The Netherlands in 1975 and now lives in Rotterdam, where he founded his design practice in 2002. He also serves as a professor at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Ecole cantonale d’art in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the recipient of the Rotterdam Design Prize, among other honors, and several of his designs have been produced by the Amsterdambased manufacturer Droog. Kabel’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and other major public institutions.