Tree-trunk bench


Jurgen Bey ( Dutch, 1965 )


Droog design, The Netherlands ( 1993 )

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General Description

The Tree-trunk bench was one of several designs that Jurgen Bey designed for Droog in the 1990s. It consists of three bronze casts of classical chair backs wedged into a fallen or logged tree trunk, described by Droog as “a crossing between nature and culture.” As a result of its tongue-in-cheek use of natural, nontraditional materials and reference to and reinterpretation of traditional furniture, it epitomizes the Droog philosophy and as a result it is one of the design collective's most important designs. Jurgen Bey’s 1999 Tree-trunk bench captures Droog's new attitude whereby new objectivity and humor coexist.

Adapted from

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2014.