Sibirjak is a contemporary lounge chair made from birch bark. This fascinating natural material is not only flexible, soft, waterrepellent, and antibacterial, but also breathable, durable, and strong. Despite these unique characteristics, as a material for everyday objects, it is gradually being forgotten. In response, Sibirjak answers the question of how to revive an ancient tradition while reinterpreting a conventional handicraft with contemporary techniques.
The chair and ottoman combination emphasizes the material’s aesthetics, combining traditional skills with modern processing. The horizontal alignment of the bark underlines the leatherlike properties of the material, is welcoming, and offers a wide comfortable seat. The textile details and reduced geometric frame form a strong contrast to the natural birch bark.
The use of birch bark in Sibirjak is in strong contrast to the material’s usual folkloric associations, while at the same time reinvigorating traditional handicraft by demonstrating new design possibilities in a contemporary context.