New Material Award 
New Material Award

Erik Hoedemakers


Erik Hoedemakers’ studio Atelier 4D has been producing wooden furniture from locally sourced timber that he mills and seasons himself since the early 2000’s. He produces one-of-a-kind cabinetry and tables as well as lighting from reclaimed timber.

For his chair DECAY, Hoedemakers infected birchwood used in the seating element and back panel with a mould culture. He then dried the wood to inactivate the mould and give it an exotic appearance. Inspired by a traditional Japanese craft technique, Hoedemakers scorched the legs and armrests of the chair, creating a contrast of textures and colours. These treatments harden the wood, making it mould- and insect-resistant, while the scorching has the effect of deepening the colour of the birch to deep black so it resembles ebony.
year: 2011
Materials: Furniture, Traditional Craftmanship