Behind the Collection: Forage

Made in collaboration with Fancher Chair Company, known for its work with Stickley and Knoll, among others, the Forage stains are the result of exhaustive research into natural, Earth-friendly pigments. Forage uses the formaldehyde-free stain Axalta Z-Form, a durable Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certified finish designed exclusively for wood products. Its resin technology enhances wood’s character by seeping into the material and allow its natural colors and patterns to shine through. On the surface of the wood, complex patterns emerge in slightly different variants that are unique to each piece of furniture.

“A captivating see-through tint that accentuates the intrinsic color and grain of the wood.”

Research included books on color theory such as A Dictionary of Color Combinations, volumes one and two of the six volumes written by Wada Sanzō (Seigensha Art Publishing, 1933-38).

In the end, we were drawn to the timelessness of colors that are discovered in, or remind us of, nature. Our challenge was discerning the appropriate color intervals, especially when choosing four tones.

Wada Sanzō, A Dictionary of Color Combinations, Vol. I and II (Seigensha Art Publishing, 1933-38).

Kombu

Our Kombu stain, named after a varietal of algae harvested in Hokkaido in the north of Japan, conveys umami through darkened wood veins. The dark seaweed color has a soothing quality reminiscent of kelp forests in the ocean.

In recent years, seaweed has developed a more prominent role in interior design, with examples by designers like Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson of creative studio Glithero, and researcher and designer Julia Lohmann who founded the Department of Seaweed during her time as designer-in-residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. On the island of Læsø, Denmark, seaweed has played a role in the local vernacular architecture for almost 700 years.

Persimmon

Thriving in temperate to tropical climates — from the South Caucasus to Brazil — persimmon is a tricky fruit to ripen perfectly. While developing its signature rich flavor through fall and into winter, the round fruit will tempt you with its savory orange-yellow glow.

Bright, saturated and warm, the sweet Persimmon hue is intended to enliven a private space or perk up a fine-dining experience.

Joseph Albers

Color study research drew inspiration from Josef Albers’s color studies (first two from left) and the artwork of Mark Rothko (right).

Icicle

The sharpness of sleek Arctic ice sheets evoked the off-white tone of our Icicle stain. The pale tincture subtly transforms the underlying ash wood as if by frosting; light glimmers on the wood’s surface as if it were slowly beginning to melt. As in nature, Icicle’s tone ranges from cool to warmer according to light conditions. Icicle is a cooler take on our best-selling Natural Ash, stripping away golden tones without ridding the wood of its organic texture.

Grisette

Throughout early fall, amanita vaginata — commonly known as grisette mushrooms — speckle the wet ground of North American forests with earthy tones of surprisingly warm grays. Our Grisette stain is dark and elegant, easily paired with a warm color palette and appropriate for those who desire dramatic accents without resorting to black.

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