How would you define what you do?
My approach is about creating a balance between function and aesthetics in an organic and precise way. I try to use the material’s characteristics and strength to minimise waste and create a sense of sincerity in the form of a contemporary piece of furniture.
How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
In order to innovate, you have to immerse yourself deeply into the use of your tools. Understanding traditional joinery, the particularities of wood and the use of tools led me to new ways of designing and making furniture. I constantly learn and adapt techniques to create contemporary furniture.
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Why did you choose this profession?
I think it was more that the craft picked me. My grandfather's ability to mend everything fascinated me as a child. I felt at ease watching him using his tools and that's when carpentry began to attract me. The copper hammer I have from him is one of my most cherished and often used tools.
What do you love most about your craft?
My profession is about communion. I love wood’s vibration, its smell and patterns, the creative process and the challenges specific to each project. Sometimes, an unsuccessful attempt gives me a new perspective. I find my inspiration in nature’s geometry, tradition and architecture.