A collaboration between a saw mill operator, a color mill operator, and a knitting mill operator has led to a unique showcase for the power of the wind.
Merel Karhof, inventor of the Wind Knitting Factory, designed a series of furniture pieces that are all constructed using wind energy, as illustrated in this video.
“The Zaanse Schans is an area located on the river ‘Zaan’ in the province of Noord Holland and is home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw material. There is a colour mill called ‘De Kat’ (the Cat), which has been fitted out to grind colouring materials, as well as a sawmill called ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep), that saws planks from trees to old Dutch measurements.
For the occasion of this collaboration, Karhof designed a series of furniture pieces. The wood is sawn by the wind and assembled at the sawmill; from there it is transported by water to the pigment mill. Here the yarn is dyed with natural dyes, grounded by the colour mill. After the dyeing process, the ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ knits the yarns, and with each harvest, the wood structures are upholstered.”
Read more about Windworks at Karhof’s site.
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