His current collection unites archaic forms with a modern interpretation of the oldest furniture of mankind. The strength of the material makes the encounter with each piece a sensual experience.
Fritz Baumann’s sculptured seats are expressive studies of nature. His stools and benches are created in a reduced style showing Japanese influence. His favourite wood is oak. He always uses green, uncured tree trunks, which he studies to find the optimal form of the stool, which he then extracts with the chainsaw.
Baumann brings the pieces in their rough form to his workshop in the country outside Munich for a long drying process, where the wood looses its tension, can split and bend to find it’s very own form. These irregularities are just what make these objects unique.
Also spalted wood coloured by fungus, gives a special aura. Baumann uses rust water to ebonize some of the stools, he also emphasises the grain with a white lime wash. As a contrast to the rough surfaces of the sides, the seats are planed completely smooth. If a split occurs while drying he fixes it with dovetails. This welcome „imperfection“ becomes a special feature.
The stool is like a favourite piece, which is polished with use. Fritz Baumann’s unique pieces look as if they have experienced a lot – and that they certainly have.
In the last years Fritz Baumann has been also turning bowls and boxes from green wood which he includes in his collection.
Prices range from £260 - £980
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