A Luxe Magazine interview with Rudi Repenning.
A SWEDISH-BORN FURNITURE DESIGNER CARVES OUT A NEW AESTHETIC INSPIRED BY THE ORGANIC INTRICACIES OF SALVAGED WOOD.
WRITTEN BY MONIQUE MCINTOSH / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY BETH KOETH
Excerpt from the article:
Foraging through piles of old, ripped lumber by the roadside may seem like the last place one may find inspiration. However, for Miami-based furniture designer Rudi Repenning, who embraces the raw and natural qualities of the discarded wood he uses to build his studio furniture, nothing sparks his imagination more. “I like to show the impressions of time on these boards,” he says, referring to the antique quality of the scavenged wood he uses to craft his creations. “The nail holes, the chipped paint— these are the kind of marks that collect over the years and tell a story.”
Using weathered wood also marked a creative evolution for the Swedish-born furniture designer, whose early work emphasized polished surfaces and clean lines informed by the iconic minimalism of Scandinavian furniture designers like Arne Jacobsen and Kai Kristiansen. But living amongst the vibrant and free-flowing backdrop of Miami has softened the craftsman’s former propensity for strict geometry in favor of a more experimental approach. “I went through this whole phase of making more finished, overly austere furniture, which was beautiful, but did not satisfy me,” says Repenning. To highlight the complexity of his reclaimed materials, his evolved designs now accentuate exposed textures and asymmetrical silhouettes. “Now I want to create furniture that seems to have dropped itself into place,” says the designer. “It takes more design than craftsmanship to create pieces that look like they are held together by magic.”