Oak slats are steam-bent to form the undulating handles of the Bue Brushes, handmade by Norwegian designer Poppy Lawman to encourage a slower, more conscious way of living.
The tabletop crumb brushes, which have been shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Award in the homeware design category, are made entirely from biodegradable materials, with coconut fibre bristles sewn into the handle using linen thread.
This leaves the stitches exposed, drawing attention to the amount of time and work that went into creating the product.
“In modern society, we have so many utilitarian objects in our lives that we hide in dark unorganised cupboards and have little connection to,” Lawman told Dezeen.
“Slow design focuses on creating objects that connect us more deeply to what