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Sibirjak is a contemporary lounge chair made of birchbark. The fascinating natural material is not only flexible, soft, water-repellent and antibacterial, but also breathable, durable and strong. Despite these unique characteristics, it gets gradually forgotten. In response, Sibirjak deals with the question of how to reinterpret an age-old tradition and also how to make the conventional handcraft up-to-date.
The chair and ottoman combination emphasizes the material aesthetics, combining traditional skills with modern processing. The horizontal alignment of the bark underlines the leather-like properties of the material, is welcoming and offers a wide comfortable seat. The textile details and the reduced geometric frame form a strong contrast to the natural birchbark.
Sibirjak differs strongly from the conventional folkloristic impression and at the same time invigorates the traditional handcraft by showing new possibilities in a contemporary context.