BERG are prototypes designed in collaboration with Brúnás, and was debuted at Harpa in Reykjavík, during Design March 14th-17th of March 2013.
Brúnás is a cabinet making workshop that uses a lot of surfaces, veneers and laminates, that imitate natural materials. Their specialisation is fulfilling the customer’s dream of the perfect kitchen unit, in affordable yet durable materials.
For BERG I wanted to make use of their specialised skills at imitating natural materials: they are faux basalt columns, hexagonal rock formations that are a prominent feature in Icelandic landscape.
"The basalt columns are by nature very geometric, and can have a beautiful disorientating shadows in them. I wanted to play with the boundaries of "faking" something, to make it look like a natural product, a heavy massive piece of stone, but at the same time have something that is obviously artificial about it by mixing materials and playing with optical illusion geometry."
For BERG, Brúnás can use smaller offcuts of their faux stone veneer and mdf from their workshop, which are usually too small for kitchen tops.
BERG comes in 3 different heights and can be used as small side tables, stools and storages. They can grouped together in clusters to form a bigger landscape of tables. The edge of the lid and the edge of the box are sloped in opposite directions, creating a good grip to lift the lid off the box.