Anastasiya Koshcheeva's wondrous birch-bark collection
Tough Russian designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva now lives and works in Berlin, she took her Siberian heritage with her to Western Europe. She started experimenting with birchbark a few years ago, debuting a lounge chair utilising the material back in 2014. Ever since, she has been exploring the capacities of birch, reviving an ancient Siberian crafts technique of her hometown, and reinterpreting it to create new, contemporary forms.
Her tellingly named Made In Siberia collection includes three objects in various sizes, each piece exploiting the particular characteristics of birch. On the Taburet stool, strips of birchbark are woven together, forming a mesh pattern over a steel frame. Though the bark is flexible and soft, thus provides ample of comfort, it still won’t sag or deform due to its stiffness.
The Tuesa containers speak of another quality of birch: since the wood is antibacterial and has great insulating capacity, it provides the perfect storage for food, tea, and spices, keeping them 2 or even 3 times longer fresh than your average glass or plastic boxes. Its light, robust construct and non-slip surface make Tuesa an essential kitchen accessory.
With the Svetoch lamp, Koshcheeva’s birch makes an appearance in the living room as well. The shade takes notice of the wood’s homely quality, providing a warm and welcoming ambient light. The parts were put together using a traditional glueless method, and just like other pieces from the collection, they were created by local craftsmen - signaling Koshcheeva’s effort to keep alive an almost extinct tradition.
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