Wooden Aquarella – The Innovative Colouring Technique by Meike Harde

Published on : Tuesday, June 30, 2015

wooden_aquarelle_meike_harde_09 copyIf anyone has a desire to put a colouring effect to make a wooden product more attractive, there is a solution finally available for the wood lovers.


Created by designer, Meike Harde, Wooden Aquarella is a colouring technique for wooden surfaces that allows for the mass production of individually unique pieces. The technique enhances the beauty and changed completely the pieces into a colourful material. It can be used in both interior and exterior.


To make a Wooden Aquarella a wooden panel is clamped onto a water-proof frame. The wood is then coloured by adding pigmented water which soaks into the wood. The tinted water evaporates within a few hours and leaves a unique structure. After drying the coloured wood is varnished with a transparent finish.


wooden_aquarelle_meike_harde_05 copySays Harde, “Provoked by the movement of pigments and water the compositions are formed by an autonomous colour-dynamic. The addition of liquid pigments on a wooden surface provokes an autonomous colour response. Random colour-gradients, soft transitions, polychrome streaks and nuances cover the wooden material like a translucent ink.” “Only the colour palette used for the initial impulse is controllable. The colouring process runs chaotically and leaves random, dynamic patterns. Wooden Aquarelle is the result of a material study to colour wood.” She added further.


Harden’s Wooden Aquarella was applied to three furnishings. The side tables are essentially diagonally split cubes. Different heights make them nestable. They can be combined in various arrangements suggestive of mosaic.


The screen is made out of single boards. A U-shape is inserted on the top and bottom of the wood, fixed on one side but freely movable on the other. The metal part combines both connector and hinge in one part.

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