Riving is a pre-industrial process of breaking a tree down into smaller pieces using force to exploit the material’s natural weaknesses. Splitting wood with an axe is riving. Cedar shakes are riven as well. The act itself speaks to the intention of creation rather than the desire for a particular outcome. Getting ones self out of the way, so to speak.

I am developing a practice through which I can follow the ways that serendipity can present paths that intersect, overlap, and resonate with one another. Each project or new design is another step down those paths, and an opportunity to learn, collaborate and explore the possibilities that emerge from this letting go.


Matthew Hastings

RIVEN is a furniture and object design studio founded in 2013 in Burlington, VT.