Blast from the past: ReTree by Philipp Käfer

German designer Philipp Käfer launched the “ReTree” furniture, which mixes colored wood chips with a binding agent before pressing them into a metal mold. Designed as an alternative to using century-old trees to make furniture, Käfer used the molding technique to create a series of coffee tables shaped like sliced 100-year-old tree trunks, and an angular shell seat with the same texture imprinted onto its surface.

Käfer was born in 1982 in Neuburg an der Donau in Bavaria, Germany. After graduating from Coburg’s University of applied sciences in 2008, he worked in Germany, Australia and Holland. He worked for several design studios, such as Joris Laarmann, Hella Jongerius and Gijs Bakker. 

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