Per Meter, a collaboration between Charlotte Pommet and Elliot Kendall, became a exploratory project into the properties and application of veneer. Veneer is a timber material that is used to cover other base material substrates as a cheaper alternative to wood. Using it in this way creates a superficial appearance of a wooden structure. This inspired the designers to create pieces that were more honest in their material properties.
They analysed the veneer thoroughly to find what qualities the material had. In doing so, they discovered a successful way of creating designs using veneer to its honest and full potential.
Pommet and Kendall developed a forming technique “ that relied on the properties intrinsic to each species and grain pattern”. Volume and strength, essential for functionality, was achieved through laminating appropriate sections of the veneer to create layers.
The result is a collection of “modules” that are lightweight and have potential to satisfy various design applications.