Richard Yasmine’s Wonderwood
In his newest art instalments, Richard Yasmine have pushed the limits of design to some other dimensions. While experimenting with layers, patterns, and chemicals, the finishing touches made the products look rough and used, as if they were excavated from the deepness of an old forgotten grounds.
For those who are in love with natural wood and its patterns, like myself, Wonderwood is “designed as a set of multifunctional products” for your home, explains Yasmine. They can either be displayed as tableware, a freestanding fruit bowl, or even an extraordinary valet tray.
The artist has skilfully played with multiple media and methods to give those functional pieces some unique depth and beauty that can’t but capture your eye.
The concept behind Wonderwood is to create a new, yet experimental representation to the ancient marquetry as design and/or functionality.
After carefully conceptualising his project, Richard Yasmine collaborated with Lebanese artisans who are skilled in marquetry, encouraging them to use their knowledge in the art and craft of assembling and applying pieces of veneer to a structure, to form these detailed decorative patterns.
Noting that marquetry is an artisanal industry dated since centuries in the Levant region, unfortunately, those craftsmen are nowadays a dying breed.
To form the surface pattern, Yasmine incorporated the very old intarsia technique, in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another. The end result is a trendy approach mixing solid wood of different textures, colors and scents, that are combined altogether from smaller to bigger, creating one solid piece based on a designed pattern.
Using a manual lathe, the wood is then sculpted, carved, and given the desired finish of molten patterns within the wooden veins, together creating a sculptural piece of art.
The crystallised Wonderwood piece is accessorised with diamond cut wooden parts, giving it the look of an unfinished one item – just like a raw crystal.
Richard explains that the pieces are then polished by hand, followed by sand-blasting to get their rough appearance. They are then treated with acid, and to finalize the process, a thin layer of wax is applied to preserve the surface of the product.
Wonderwood will be showcased on a rough concrete pedestal with an oxidized brass bracket, highlighting a new perspective in the world of home accessories, from the early work process till the final end result.
Here are the amazing pictures. Let us know what you think in the comments section.
– Images are a courtesy of BizarreBeirut.