The Stump Seat (It’s, literally, a little piece of Canada)

We're fans of the Brothers Dressler design duo.

The brothers, Jason and Lars, call themselves “material-based designers”. Focusing on local, reclaimed, and ecologically friendly natural materials, they're committed to creating furniture that consciously represents the ‘history’ of their materials - including where they came from and how they were acquired.

We LOVE their Log Table/Seating series. Fastening walnut legs to tree stumps collected from an array of places ranging from ‘up north’, tree dumps, and off abandoned lots during city services strikes in 2009, their pieces have resonance.

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The designs sit on a careful brink between simplicity and complexity. While appearing simple, there is a complexity to their structure as the works themselves almost seem to defy gravity. The large, massive stumps supported by four thin Walnut legs have butterfly joints that add a visually dynamic component while simultaneously stopping the natural splitting of wood – in a sense, stopping time to preserve this act of nature.

Image courtesy of the brothers dressler

Currently, Canada has 10% of the world’s forests.*

The log table/seating reutilize the ‘discarded’ trees of Canada’s landscape, and brings them to a new purpose and life.


Image courtesy of the brothers dressler

This piece itself reminds me of a wedding I attended last year up in Muskoka. Instead of the usual, ‘flower in a beautiful vase’ centerpieces you tend to find at weddings, this one had something really unique. The brides father, a lumberjack, had fashioned a serving tray. It was a simple round cut of wood, about ¾ of an inch thick, stained and sealed, with a small plague with the bride and groom’s names. There were four small, thin, felt posts on the bottom to keep the piece elevated off of the table. It was the parting gift that one lucky person got to take home with them. It was so simple, yet so beautiful – the wood wasn’t just the material; it was the piece.

Similarly, in the log/seating design, the material is both the inspiration for the design, and the finished product itself.

Its beauty lays in the plain truth of what it is - a small, piece of the Canadian landscape.

Here's one of our past pieces on the Brothers Dressler

And you can check out more of their amazing work by clicking HERE!


Researched and Written by Gorana Tolja, Graduate of the Ryerson School of Interior Design & a MA Student at OCAD University in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories program, focusing on contemporary design history.

* This statistic was taken off of Natural Resources Canada

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