Stacked tables made of engineered waste wood

Korean designer Weonrhee designed stacked side tables and stools made from parallel strand lumber (PSL), which is in turn made from waste wood from plywood and LVL production.

PSL is a type of engineered wood made of long strands of wood that are laid lengthwise in parallel. The strands are commonly derived from waste material from plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) production. Wood species used include Douglas-fir, pine and western hemlock. The strands are bonded together using adhesives. The result is a material with a rich texture, as the strands remain visible. PSL is often used in architecture as long-span beams, heavily loaded columns and large headers.

Called Primitive Structures, designer Weonrhee was inspired for the collection by dolmen, a common phenomenon in South Korea. The tables’ legs are inspired by the dolmen’s polygonal shape, and the colour comes from the moss on the surface of the stones.

Because PSL is made of strands, the material has many holes in it. In the production process of the tables and stools, Weonrhee put back fallen chips in these holes. Through this process, the object has visual completeness and functional safety.

Photos: Weonrhee