Bruno Helgen’s design uses local wood from Bali as teak and adjusts to the beauty and the imperfections of the piece of wood. With a wooden base, he creates globes as well as furniture’s (tables, chairs..), that he mixes with volcanic sand, lacquer and metals. The globe's deformation is natural due to the shape of the root of the teak tree, that he sculpts, carves and covers with different textures (here volcanic black sand). The globe spins and is a very tactile object.
Bruno Helgen was born in 1959 in Paris and now lives and works between Paris and Bali. He graduated from l'école Nationale des Beaux Art in Epinal (France). Until 1986 he was a photographer for the collective Press Agency. He then moved onto working in film production before starting his career in design in 1991. Helgen's globes are fashioned from a combined amalgam of ancient recycled teak root systems, tamarind heartwood, state of the art resins, and for his black globes, volcanic sands from the black beaches of North Bali. The results are dictated by Helgen's vision; the science of the resins; the micro environments in which these long-dead trees both flourished and met their demis ...
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