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Birchbark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva

Russian-born designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva has revived the Siberian handcraft of Birchbark in a contemporary design context.

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Text by Ray Hu

Researchers are constantly looking to develop new materials that are versatile, water-repellent, and anti-bacterial. but it turns out that age-old natural materials might hold the answer. To that end, Russian-born designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva has revived the Siberian handcraft of Birchbark in a contemporary design context. Over the last few years, she has launched a series of furniture, lighting, and products that are made from the remarkable natural material, which boasts all of these qualities, as well as breathability, durability, and strength.

Koshcheeva recently exhibited in her adopted hometown, at DMY Berlin, from her first research project, the “Sibirjak” armchair, which debuted at Salone Satellite Moscow in 2014, to the recent “Svetoch” lamp, made from a glueless assembly technique. The passionate young designer also presented the “Tuesa” containers and “Taburet” woven stool.

Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Sibirjak" armchair (photo courtesy the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Svetoch" lamps (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Svetoch" lamps (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Tuesa" containers (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Tuesa" containers (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Taburet" woven stool (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Taburet" woven stool (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Taburet" woven stool (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
Anastasiya Koshcheeva - "Taburet" woven stool (photo by Crispy Point, courtesy of the designer)
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