MAZEL — Wooden furniture collection
ECAL / Fabien Roy, 2020
Mazel is a collection of wooden furniture, 100% grown, designed and made in Joux Valley, Switzerland.
Today, it is hard to find Swiss wooden furniture made with indigenous wood. The main reason is the high cost of labour in the field of forest exploitation that cannot compete with european actors. Because of this, Swiss forest is under exploited. A third of the annual growth could be cut by remaining sustainable (2-3 millions of cubic meters).
The Risoux forest located in the Joux Valley is unique. This forest is home to exceptional quality of spruces (red fir). These trees grow slowly because of the cold climate and poor soil. This generate a super thin regular wooden grain. The craftsmen of this region use this tree since centuries to make violin soundboard, hoods, barrels, cream buckets, cheese boxes, wooden tiles, etc.
The aesthetic of the pieces of furniture refers to the local vernacular architecture and craftsmanship. The way of using spruce in the valley is mainly done via planks that create angled wooden surfaces (wooden tiles, hoods, cream buckets). Mazel propose a reinterpretation of this through a robust aesthetic reinforced with legs made of facets.
To reduce the cost, the table, bench and stool are proposed in a flat pack system which is directly shipped from the carpentry.
In 2020, this project has received a grant from ProHelvetia (the Swiss Arts Council) with the objective to push it into a production stage.