The Art of Wood Carving Represented at Maison et Objet 2019 – Project CULTURE is a new creative hub supported by Covet Foundation where artisans, plastic artists and designers keep alive the spirit of experimentation, by challenging the traditional concepts of finest Craftsmanship to create one of kind pieces. Wood Carving is one of the techniques that are being explored. CovetED Magazine invites you to know more about what is being done with this ancient technique and was represented live at Maison et Objet 2019.
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It was in this creative hub that was created a bench in wood carving. Designed by Elias Marques and Sérgio Correia, the bench came to life by the hands of Júlio Leal. This gorgeous piece was one of the many that Covet Foundation shared at Maison et Objet 2019.
Wood Carved Bench in Process at Creative Hub by CULTURE’s Project. Photo: ©Covet Foundation
Wood Carving is one of the most ancient arts in Human History, it exists since the first men in prehistory, and is considered the fundamental woodwork method. Carved designs appear now in furniture design, in the building components of our homes and places of worship, in the household items we use daily and as mesmerizing and beautiful decorative sculptures.
Master Artisan focused on Wood Carving ©Covet Foundation
Wood Carving has cultural importance all over the world.
In Portugal, wood carving is an art that is usually transmitted from parents to sons: it’s a family business.
There is nothing more powerful than expressing our thought through art ©Covet Foundation
It’s usually used to create, for example, musical instruments, like “Viola” (guitar). Finding the best wood to create the finest musical instruments is a challenge from which master artisans never back off. To ensure the sound quality, the wood must come from old trees with regular and thin shafts.
Portuguese wood carvers are often inspired by their own life experiences or their region’s traditions to bring their creations to life.
Wood Carving ©Covet Foundation
Not only the wood sculptures, but also the hands of their makes are treasures to us ©Covet Foundation
This technique is also used by some luxury brands.
As examples of pieces where wood carving was explored, you can take a look on Marie Antoinette Mirror (designed by Boca do Lobo), Lotus Floor Lamp (designed by Koket) and some others.
“Marie Antoinette” by Boca do Lobo. Represents an attitude, and the characteristics of a critical “époque” that shaped French history. Photo: ©Boca do Lobo
“Lotus Floor Lamp” by KOKET. The poetic Lotus Floor Lamp is a dramatically exquisite way to add splendor to any setting. Luxury craftsmanship is present in the meticulous hand carving and finishing of the base. Photo: ©by KOKET
Woodwork is a slow and hard activity that starts by using large cutting tools and ends with small blades. It is always a dedicated and detailed process that involves a lot of passion.
Woodworker Master Artisan. Photo: ©Covet Foundation
From wood carving to joinery, marquetry, turnery, varnishing, every woodwork technique is essential in the creation of fine art pieces.
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