Embracing Slow Making | Chapter IV – Wood Work| Play up X Rival
Everyday we are surprised by the diversity and richness of the work developed by our young artists and artisans. During the last months, we've had contact with refreshingly interesting works, once again combining ancestral techniques with contemporary aesthetics, assuring that this is definitely a happy marriage.
Woodwork is the art that we've chosen to address in the iv chapter of the embracing slow making series. Wood is a timeless material, very accessible and easy to work. It was indeed one of the first materials to be worked by man. If, on one hand, it is an extremely common material, it can be equally endowed with an incredible individuality: the play between colours, textures and veins, which arise with the work on each piece of wood, is unique and special.
Woodworking deals with solid wood in its natural state through a fine and manual process. Carving allows the rough wood to be gently chopped and each chip removed with the chisel is a step closer to the object shape idealized by the artist. It provides an introspective experience, done in a delicate and patient way, resulting in exclusive and authentic pieces.
Ricardo jerónimo is our invited artist. He created his rival practice after the birth of his first child. As he refers it was a time of reflection that pushed him to revive his childhood experiences with his grandfather and father, who created their own toys for the family's child. Spoons were the first pieces he created, which for him, as a product designer, are a perfect object, where form and function come together in an object that transcends cultures and generations.
In this collection, we've absorbed a series of techniques and motifs related to rival practice and the wood world in general giving it so many endings! We've also reinforced our commitment with a conscious development, increasing the use of recycled materials, with the purpose to avoid the use of virgin raw materials. Unfortunately, its extraction and processing cause damage to our planet resulting in considerable waste of resources and greenhouse gas emission. In this chapter, we can assure that 100% of synthetic fibers are recycled, meaning that we've been able to increase the use of recycled materials, both natural and synthetic, up to around 30%.