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João Bruno Videira

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor
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Portuguese, English, Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+351 927375191
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The touch of wool

  • • João went from TV journalist to creating handmade objects
  • • Each piece is a game of twisting, turning and pulling the wool
  • • He sees his raw material as a means of communicating

It happened unexpectedly in the summer of 2006 and TV journalist João Bruno’s life changed forever. He thanks a friend who gave him a chair to repair. “I removed the broken straw and used my mom’s wool to weave a new seat.” João has been weaving vibrant wool objects ever since. Each piece is made to order, a perpetual game of tension, patience and passion as kilometres of wool threads pass over and over again through his hands. “I learnt alone inventing my own techniques.” Recognising João’s talent, designer Marco Sousa Santos exhibited his work at the London Design Fair in 2017. The Tomar City Hall also invited him to open his workshop in a restored historical grinding factory, a perfect setting for his daily magical touches of wool.

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Works

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Évora chair

Évora chair is a redesigned chair, a reinterpretation of a traditional Portuguese iron and straw chair, transformed into a simpler and organic shape and form completely handmade with interlaced wool ropes.

Length 72 cm
Width 72 cm
Height 78 cm

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor
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Monsaraz long bench2

Monsaraz long bench is a versatile straight-line piece that can work either as a bench or a side-table. The seat is completely handwoven with wool, directly made on its wood frame which works as a loom.

Length 50 cm
Width 120 cm
Height 45 cm

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor
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Organic red cube

The organic cube can work as a stool or a coffee-table. Inspired by the molecular system it is made with a net of handmade wool ropes that gives the cube its organic form and also its comfort and resistance.

Length 50 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 50 cm

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor
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Dodecahedron

One of Plato’s geometric structures, the Dodecahedron symbolises the Universe. This wool sculpture is João Bruno Videira's version of it, which is made of a main iron frame connected by a handmade net of wool ropes giving its organic and fragmented vision of the universe.

Length 100 cm
Width 100 cm
Height 100 cm

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor
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Veins

Inspired by a blood vessel form, Veins is a wool wall sculpture completely handmade with wool ropes that recreates the shape of this inner form. Veins are like trees growing inside us.

Length 100 cm
Width 5 cm
Height 100 cm

João Bruno Videira Textile sculptor

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