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Fungi Collection by Alcarol

Fungi Collection by Alcarol

Forests are the dominant terrestrial ecosystem. Their biomass is the oldest source of renewable energy used since our ancestors learned the secret of fire. Much of this biomass occurs below ground as partially decomposed plant detritus. Its decay is a clear example of the transformative energy of Nature, and it’s all around us.

The final stages in the life cycle of a forest tree attracts specialised fungi organisms which attack the wood breaking down the tough lignin layer that protects it. These colonisers open up the resources by making cracks in the tough outer skin and modifying the heartwood so that it can be assimilated by other feeders. Next to arrive are very important plant and animal species that eat the evolved organic matter.

Fungi are in the air. They just await the opportunity to take advantage of the right conditions to grow and transform the organic matter. Fungi doesn’t always grow when a tree dies and neither does it always strike all specie of tree equally either, any chance during the winter months fungi become inactive until the next spring. With the ice melting they begin to operate again using the water and the humidity of the undergrowth.

Wood decay fungi is always unique. No two pieces are exactly the same because there’s precise time, place and environmental conditions for its genesis. alcarol main action is sectioning, and when the saw has finished his work our eyes can see the hidden world of Nature, sometimes simply amazing. The section planes – through touch, sight and olfaction – allow you to transcend the ordinary perception of a place, discovering the intimate transformative wonder of Nature.

The Fungi Table is made of resin and a single wood plank obtained from a very large Beech log with its populations of fungi, recovered in the Italian Dolomite forest.  The plank is cut into two parts with a very thin blade and then joined so that in the corners the fungal woodgrain matches perfectly like a single bent piece, and also the resin – through a special process – is a single piece and not seen separations between horizontal and vertical resin edges. The invisible corner joining by alcarol is also suitable for low tables, benches, consoles  and other similar types on request.

The natural wood live edges are frozen in a special extraclear resin resembling the winter ice that blocked the fungal activity. The transient beauty of Nature becomes eternal. Wood decay fungi is always unique. No two pieces are exactly the same because there’s precise time, place and environmental conditions for its genesis.

DIMENSIONS: 276 x 91 x H 75 cm / Custom Sizes

Available MATERIALS: Beech WOOD with FUNGI Texture,  Extraclear RESIN, Burnished STEEL Leg  Natural Wood surface not covered by resin on the section planes. Selective wood coating with matt natural effect.

The Fungi Stool is a block of wood obtained from a deadwalnut tree with its native populations of fungi, inside and outside the log. The final stages in the life cycle of a tree attracts specialised fungi organisms which attack the wood breaking down the tough lignin layer that protects it. Fungi are in the air. They just await the opportunity to take advantage of the right conditions to grow and transform the organic matter. Wood decay fungi is always unique. No two pieces are exactly the same because there’s precise time, place and environmental conditions for its genesis.

DIMENSIONS: 30 x 30 x H 45 cm / Custom Sizes Available

The Fungi Wood Console is made of a single wood plank obtained from an abandoned Beech log with its populations of fungi, recovered in the Italian Dolomite forest.  The plank is cut into two parts with a very thin blade and then joined so that in the corners the fungal woodgrainmatches perfectly like a single bent piece, and also the resin – through a special process – is a single piece and not seen separations between horizontal and vertical resin edges. The invisible corner joining by alcarol is also suitable for tables, benches, shelves and other similar types on request. The natural wood live edges are frozen in a special extraclear resin resembling the winter ice that blocked the fungal activity. The transient beauty of Nature becomes eternal.

One of the outstanding effects of the early stages of wood decay is the fungi texture inside the matter of the tree: the fungal growth can create some of the most dramatic and beautiful wood color changes with regions of discoloration and intricate patterns of amazing dark lines, adding a new dimension to the woodgrain. Wood decay fungi is always unique. No two pieces are exactly the same because there’s precise time, place and environmental conditions for its genesis.

DIMENSIONS: 53 x 156 x H90 cm / Custom Sizes Available

Watch a video about the table – here

about the designer:
name: Alcarol  (Italy)
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