• Forest Tales
  • Forest Tales
  • Forest Tales

Forest Tales

Curated and designed by Studio Swine, Forest Tales brings together 22 specially selected designs from AHEC’s creative work over the past two years, in a truly spectacular showcase of both global design talent and the beauty and versatility of American hardwood as a design material. 

 "Forest Tales brings together a celebration of exceptional design from AHEC’s latest projects, a love for timber and a much needed call for balance. Balance in the way we use natural materials with particular emphasis on renewable ones, such as wood. The same balance on which today's designers, as well as the entire sector, are called upon to reflect in order to address the greatest social and economic issue of our time: climate change; and the need to put an end to the current throwaway culture. Covid has shown that the world can react very quickly to a major global crisis, hopefully this experience will enable us to quickly make the necessary changes in the way we consume, build and live.” – David Venables, Director, AHEC Europe 

Showing at Triennale Milano from 3 to 12 June, Forest Tales is the culmination of four of AHEC’s recent projects;


which challenged nine world-renowned international designers to create tables and seating responding to the isolation imposed by the pandemic; 

Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow 

which gave a platform to 20 emerging design talents from around the world; 

Slow Design for Fast Change 

which brought together nine young designers from the DACH countries to create furniture and objects characterised by sustainability, longevity and craftsmanship; 

A Seat at the Table 

a new collaboration with Italian furniture maker Riva 1920 that sees four emerging Italian designers selected to create innovative, sustainable designs for solid-wood tables.

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