Tegia da vaut – forest lodge, Plong Vaschnaus, the citizens' community of Domat/Ems, Switzerland

For the forest lodge in Domat/Ems, architect Gion A. Caminada from Vrin designed matching new furniture made from white fir, which was then realized by Girsberger Customized Furniture.

The Tegia da vaut (forest lodge) in Domat/Ems was planned and built on behalf of the citizens' community of Ems by Gion A. Caminada, a Vrin-based architect and ETH professor. For the lodge interior, he also had an idea for some extra-special, unique furniture designed to complement the lodge and its surroundings. On the basis of a prototype and numerous discussions and trials, we created a new chair with a matching bench and table.

It was important to the architect that the white fir trees used for the furniture were cut during the same moon phase as those used to build the lodge. The remaining timber was therefore to be shaped to make the seats and backrests. As the white fir does not really bend well, Girsberger's timber buyer carefully selected the planks to be used on site at the sawmill and coordinated the demanding process with the woodworking company. In the meantime, the frames had been formed from raw iron tubes, bent in its own metal workshop, welded and then fixed to the sawed wooden parts.

Domat / Ems,  Switzerland

Architect / Design
Gion A. Caminada, Vrin, Switzerland

Tables, benches and chairs to design specifications

Ralph Feiner (Architecture photos)
Daniel Kuhn