Using Kebony wood, designer Aaron Dunkerton has created a beautifully crafted and innovative alternative to the traditional clothes horse, comprised of intersecting slats, the cross-section of which forms the shape of a star. "The dramatic star shape is not only attractive for its design purposes but also its practicality; it is able to hold more clothes than a standard dryer" explains the designer.
Its organic appearance is due to the use of Kebony's Radiata and Dunkerton's careful re-imagining of this functional, everyday item.
The sustainable wood has most frequently featured in high profile architectural and construction projects and the material is renowned for its performance and durability. However this recent foray into the world of design is not a first for the cleantech pioneer, whose previous exhibits have included a luxury coffee bar and a Nordic-style dog kennel.
The aim of the project for London-based designer Aaron Dunkerton was to create a beautiful luxury sculpture for the home, which was also practical. A recent graduate from Kingston University, with a degree in product and furniture design, Dunkerton saw this collaboration between Wallpaper* and Kebony as the ideal opportunity to showcase one of his first initiatives. "I was seeking to elevate the design of this everyday household item into a structural design piece that can be put on display or discreetly folded away when not in use," says Dunkerton.
Kebony wood was selected by Dunkerton due to its durable and hard wearing qualities, making it perfect for outdoor spaces but also ideal to be put in regular contact with wet clothes, set out to dry. "The Kebony wood was an incredible product to work with and it was important that the material would not be adversely affected by the frequent application of damp clothes for prolonged periods," he says. The clothes horse is expandable, unfolding into a star shape to create more space for hanging wet garments. With 36 arms - 10 more than a conventional drier - when in use the clothes horse takes the form of a 12-pointed star. When collapsed, it is smaller and more compact than a standard clothes horse.
Kebony's innovative process transforms sustainable soft-wood species so that they adopt the superior attributes of tropical hardwood making it a long-term, cost-effective material. This wood is a sustainable, robust construction solution as well an appropriate material for intricate woodwork and furniture manufacture.