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Umut Lucas Espenaer

Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter
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Dutch, English
Hours:
By appointment only
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Reclaiming wood

  • • Umut is a self-taught carpenter
  • • He's inspired by Art Nouveau and Art Deco style
  • • He works exclusively with hand tools

Carpentry has been Umut Lucas Espenaer's hobby since childhood. "I remember that I carved a very elementary shape out of a piece of scrap wood." Having studied for a masters in Political Science and International Relations, Umut secured a position as a lecturer, and simply practised carpentry by constructing his own furniture. After years of teaching himself, he eventually decided to leave the university and embark on a new journey, setting up his own atelier in 2016, with a display cabinet made from reclaimed wood as his debut piece. Aside from demonstrating his sustainable vision with his choice of material, he also stresses the legacy of traditional craft. "It is a pity that innovation usually leads to the abandonment, and eventually loss, of traditional knowledge in the crafts. I have decided to focus on preserving these traditional skills." As a goodwill gesture, he is currently involved in a social project offering opportunities for disadvantaged youth to discover the craft of carpentry.

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Works

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Façades - Side table

Façades is a set of two loudspeaker stands handcrafted from cherry, ash and walnut. Each stand is composed of an asymmetric framework with a surface in the bottom part and oneon top. As a result of this asymmetry the stands look different from diverse points of view. This distinguishing feature is what gives Façades its name.

Length 32 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 50 cm

Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter
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Geraamte

Even though Lucas Umut loves all his creations, he holds a particular attachment to Geraamte. It has an airy feel due to its slender frame and absence of any enclosed compartments. Because of this, any object you put in it is immediately highlighted and that is exactly its purpose; Geraamte was designed as a display cabinet. Yet, even while showcasing your precious paraphernalia, Geraamte still makes you aware of its presence.

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Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter
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De Verandertafel – Conference table

De Verandertafel is a big conference table handcrafted from salvaged ash wood that can seat up to 14 people. The tabletop features an exciting pattern and live edges and celebrates the beauty of the ash. The table base follows the trestle model and offers a solid support for the heavy tabletop. It is marked by the use of various versions of the mortise and tenon joint.

Length 340 cm
Width 140 cm
Height 76 cm

Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter
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Vrede – Bed frame

Vrede is a double bed frame handcrafted from salvaged honey locust, salvaged maple and reclaimed spruce. The bed is characterised by its minimalism in both the frame and the headboard, a conscious design choice meant to create a spacious impression in the relatively small bedroom it is destined for. Vrede offers a delicate balance between design, comfort, and the practical limitations of a small Amsterdam bedroom.

Length 210 cm
Width 168 cm
Height 90 cm

Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter
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Wortelen

This table was entirely crafted by hand from reclaimed meranti, salvaged black locust and reclaimed marble using traditional hand tools and techniques. The legs and rails were cut from a beam of reclaimed Meranti with a Western-style saw and subsequently flattened and smoothened with a set of Western-style hand planes. The slender sticks were cut in a similar fashion out of salvaged Black Locust from Amsterdam.

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Umut Lucas Espenaer Carpenter

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