Sibirjak Lounge Chair by Anastasiya Koshcheeva
Sibirjak is a lounge chair made of birchbark, its designer, Anastasiya Koshcheeva has chosen this natural material for its flexibility, softness and durability. It’s also strong, water-repellent and antibacterial. Despite these unique qualities, its use never gotten popular.
Anastasiya Koshcheeva thinks that it is time revive this materiel by giving it a contemporary feel and make the conventional handcraft up-to-date in the process. The Berlin-based designer wanted something different from the conventional folkloric creations but at the same time she wanted to invigorate the traditional handcraft by showing new possibilities in a contemporary context.
The chair and ottoman combination emphasises the material aesthetics, combining traditional skills with modern processing. The horizontal alignment of the bark underlines the leather-like properties of the material, is welcoming and offers a wide comfortable seat. The textile details and the reduced geometric frame form a strong contrast to the natural birchbark.
Anastasiya Koshcheeva is as a freelance designer based Berlin, and commuting between Berlin, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. She was born and raised in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia and moved to Germany in 2006.
My creative process starts with the material. I explore each material’s unique potential, aesthetic features, and haptic qualities in an experimental way and turn my insights into design concepts. My work is characterised by the combination of contrasting textures, colors, and skills. I create products with character that have a story and tell it through the design. I turned a decade old Siberian handcraft, that I know from my childhood into contemporary design.