Unique items from a passion for handcrafts Inspired by his own enthusiasm for craftsmanship, Swiss designer Fabian Zwicker found vulpes in ligno in order to create a stage for his artisanal works. In that regard, he is doing everything, from first layout to the final product, himself. Through this unique process he is developing items that are bound to be admired by furniture lovers. TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS I PHOTOS: VULPES IN LIGNO
“To perform a craft well for its own sake, is something immensely gratifying for myself,” explains Zwicker, who is naturally curious about the art of crafts and design. Even before vulpes in ligno, when he was working as an arborist, he possessed an interest for the way objects and furniture take form. “I spent a lot of time working with trees and studying their design,” says Zwicker. “From this fascination with the organism, grew an affinity for the material wood.” The fascination sustained and soon Zwicker not only crafted his first furniture, but dove into art education studies. Here he discovered the history of form in art and architecture and henceforth decided to find his own unique form or creative voice that would allow him to create convenient, beautiful furniture, which he could otherwise not afford.
From one of his first table tops, which featured a fox built from various cubes, vulpes in ligno was born. In reference to the scientific term for trees, the name roughly translates into ‘the fox in the tree’ or ‘the wooden fox’.
coaster alea, which is shaped similarly to the stool. All of these items, which can be individualised regarding colour and timber, are crafted by Zwicker himself and are therefore unique. In the future, Zwicker will further develop his cube technique and certainly aim to expand his product line of timeless unicums. www.vulpesinligno.ch
Naturally, Zwicker chose wood as his main material. “Wood is not only a natural resource, it lives. It can be used sustainably and its possible applications are endless. As a primary construction element in furniture and architecture it is able to fill rooms with warmth and comfort.” At the moment, there are three items in Zwicker’s collection. The stool alea (Latin for cube), which is a versatile item in the shape of three equable rhombs. The foldable desk vulpes, featuring the aforementioned fox and crafted out of 12 different timbers, and the decorative Issue 44 | November 2016 | 17
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