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Details & Cataloguing

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Domingos Tótora
'TERRÃO' BENCH
from an edition of 12 + 1 P
compressed recycled cardboard with red soil pigment, iron
42 x 248 x 43.5 cm (16  1/2  x 97  3/4  x 17  1/8  in.)
2015
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Literature

Otavio Nazareth, ed., brazilian furniture design, São Paulo, 2013, pp. 170-171 for related example

Catalogue Note

Domingo Totora takes an innovative and environmentally friendly approach towards his designs. Moulding his organic shapes with recycled cardboard as his main source of material, he breathes new life into this earthy material with clay-like properties.  Out of this process of cardboard reuse, however, springs a multitude of textures and grains as well as subtle finishes and colourings that have the visual impact to match the work of any master cabinet-maker or potter. Allowing for the material to speak freely through the sole constraint of being moulded and worked by hand, the pieces retain a somewhat raw timeless aura.

The Terrão bench from 2013 retains much of the initial earthy process involving the breaking down of cardboard. It is rendered in a red clay-like tone, inviting curious hands to engage in tactile experimentation. In a more raw and intense iteration of Domingos Totora’s cardboard recycling process, this piece forms part of the artist’s most raw vision of material handling.

Design: Living in a Material World

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