How to bring a coral reef into your living room

German designer Pia Maria Raeder has created a collection of furniture inspired by sea anemones.
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German designer Pia Maria Raeder has created a collection of furniture inspired by sea anemones.

If you're looking for something special and truly one-of-a-kind for your home, these underwater-inspired pieces might be the answer. 

German designer Pia Maria Raeder has combined thousands of thin beech rods to create spiny pieces of furniture that resemble oversized sea anemones. 

The designer created a small initial offering of three side tables and two sculptural pieces – made from more than 16,000 beech rods in total – to form the 'Sea Anemones White' installation at the 2016 London PAD Fair.

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A full-length mirror is surrounded by the undulating rods and resembles a large piece of coral.
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A full-length mirror is surrounded by the undulating rods and resembles a large piece of coral.

Raeder handmade each piece, and the entire collection took over 400 working hours to complete. The pieces have a cement base, and the designer arranges the individual rods at different levels, creating a sense of depth and an undulating surface; she also lacquers each piece, to add to the textural effect.

"Natural beech rods are straight, but combined at different heights, they take on a new form resembling a wave with shadowy reflections," Raeder said. 

"I love the challenge of overcoming the contradictions in the material. A wooden rod, that is rigid in itself, becomes something soft and rounded once it's sanded."

Each piece contains thousands of individual rods, which Raeder places by hand.
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Each piece contains thousands of individual rods, which Raeder places by hand.

In addition to the tables, Raeder unveiled a new mirror, which features a reflective panel tilted back and supported by hundreds of beech spines, arranged together to form a rippling exterior. 

She is planning to produce an entire line of furniture, but for now she is taking commissions for only the small sculptural piece. Prices start at $5000.

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 - Stuff.co.nz

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