Birnam Wood Studio treats functionality as a ground plane for aesthetic play. The interrogation of materials through processes which cause them spark, become molten, desiccate, oxidize, exhale and twist is central to our research-driven practice. Neither primarily functional nor primarily luxurious; often serious, sometimes humorous; produced through digital technology and meticulous handcraft, through embellishment and restraint, through experiment and experience, Birnam’s works are the culmination of many collisions.
Birnam is founded and directed by Brecht Gander. Brecht was born in Providence, Rhode Island to two poets. His first designs are characterized by restless material exploration (2011-12) – followed by a rigorous focus on fine craft (2013-14) – followed by several years devoted to the construction of a workshop and performance space for the realization of new projects (2015-17). Brecht is self taught as a designer and craftsman. Birnam Wood launched publicly in 2017 and is prolifically active from object to architectural scale.
Please visit Birnam Presents for our schedule of cross-disciplinary arts programming.
Custom services are available through Birnam Fabrication.
Many talented hands have helped to produce this work. Some of them can be seen below.