Ptacek Home creates Chunk Line furniture from storm-downed trees

American studio Ptacek Residence has made the Chunk Line furniture selection, which aims to merge common strategies with a “present day, sculptural twist,” from trees that were being downed by storms or felled for safety.


The US-based mostly studio, whose selection is shortlisted in the sustainable layout class for Dezeen Awards 2021, takes advantage of salvaged wooden from nearby forests to create its furnishings.

Wood home furnishings pieces from the Chunk Line

“Our forests give up huge chunks of wood alongside highways and in neighborhoods that are not commercially viable on an industrial scale so typically finish up as firewood or landfill,” the studio claimed.

Having edge of this provide of wooden, Ptacek Home creates furniture that is both equally made and applied domestically. “I use a little loader and a portable tree mill alongside with my woodshop to acquire the venture from sawlog to a completed piece by myself,” founder Thomas Ptacek instructed Dezeen.

Planter from Chunk Line collection
Thomas Ptacek employs wooden from fallen trees

“I then deliver to regional clients so the piece life inside of a couple of miles from the place the tree was at first grown and salvaged,” he included.

“Immediately after a storm, I generally get calls from owners and tree assistance businesses asking me if I want the hottest downed tree with the hope of conserving it from becoming firewood.”

The studio’s Chunk Line collection features benches designed from Norwegian Spruce and a planter made from storm-downed Black Locust, which is suited for planters as it is incredibly rot-resistant.

“The wooden came from mature trees that posed a hazard in a school garden and needed to be taken down,” Ptacek stated. “In their position, we produced a gymnasium and Chunk Line Benches are now placed inside of.”

Spruce bench
A bench designed from Norwegian Spruce

Ptacek, who is a builder but started off as a household furniture maker, aims for the challenge to get gain of an present, sustainable wooden offer and displace the want for “mass-sector offerings with unsustainably large carbon footprints”.

After the home furniture is designed, the wooden is finished with a polymerized tung oil and beeswax in a citrus-based mostly solvent with no chemical driers.

Wood detailing on Chunk Line furniture

“Effortlessly returned to the earth if it is left to decay, but ideally recycled prior to that happens into a further handy object,” Ptacek concluded.

Other assignments shortlisted in the sustainable layout class consist of seaweed-dependent substance Notpla and recyclable building product Honext.