Pinch Noir


  • Sawdust Bureau


Pinch Noir is a sculptural piece of furniture designed around principles of displaying and concealing reading material. It is intended for use as a hallway bench or as a coffee table.

The act of ‘pinching’ a rectangular loop forms a narrow, shadowy nook to stash away trash magazines or whatever the user’s personal vice may be. At the other end of the spectrum, embedded brass strips act as hanging rails to display and keep more important publications close at hand.

The piece cantilevers onto a polished brass leg which reflects the surrounding environment and reinforces the strong silhouette.

Key Features



Pinch Noir is constructed from sustainably-harvested, FSC-certified Victorian Ash which is ebonised to a jet-black finish using a traditional Iron Acetate (derived from dissolving steel wool in vinegar) ebonisation technique.

The piece is prepared for ebonisation by hand-rubbing several coats of concentrated black tea into the timber, boosting it’s tannin count, which then chemically reacts with Iron Acetate turning the timber black.

The main advantage of ebonising is that it avoids the resins, solvents, and petroleum distillates (all of which are known pollutants to our groundwater) contained within standard oil-based stains.


Structural Concept

The ‘perpendicular lamination’ structural concept of creating a series of ‘loops’ and ‘spacers’ within the piece was formulated around stripping out any unnecessary weight and excess material wastage.

Placing each element of the ‘loops’ under tension creates a remarkably strong yet lightweight bench capable of seating 3 people.

By tapering the spacers along the top face of the bench it drops the spines of magazines on the rails flush with the surface of the piece.

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