University project

Role: Everything

Based on the "Reni Occasional Chair" Model - Design: Eduardo Azcúnaga | Courtesy of Estudio Artelier.
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brief
In the art of carpentry, beauty is also found in the invisible.
"See the unseen" aims to show the integrity and elegance behind a high-quality piece of woodwork. The ingenuity of good design. The originality of a single piece of wood.
My intention with this project was to focus completely on the pre-production of a motion design project; specifically to develop to the maximum a concept coupled with a series of "styleframes".
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Method acting
I started by taking carpentry classes at RETER Carpintería in order to dive all in.
Although the classes let me have a closer look at the craft and get my hands dirty, it was not until I visited Artelier studio that I got a true glimpse into high-quality traditional carpentry. 

The Reni Occasional Chair. Picture taken at Estudio Artelier

Eduardo, the studio founder, was extremely generous and explained me the ins and outs of their work. The thinking, the wood properties, the process.
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Making of
I started by brainstorming and storyboarding. There were so many possibilities, but I decided to focus on the relationship between the Human and Wood.
One of the most beautiful things I found out about carpentry is the planning. It just astonished me the amount of thinking behind it.
The wireframe had the purpose of letting the spectator have a look at the ingenuity of the traditional joint methods and the complete morphology of each piece.
The altered-reality (or the exaggerated wood grain), inspired by the "Realismo Mágico" movement, had two purposes:
1. Focus at the unrepeatability of every piece of wood.
2. Express the organic beauty of the material.
"Wood is unique." As you cannot find an equal finger print in a human, "[...] you cannot find an equal wood grain pattern." Eduardo told me.
The rings (which determine wood grains) were made procedurally in Houdini, so I'm definitely looking forward on making more wood related projects (now with motion) using this method.
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Big thanks to
Eduardo Azcúnaga and Bruno Buentello, for such a warm welcome and for taking the time to share a glimpse to their beautiful craft.
RETER school of carpentry, for helping getting my hands into carpentry for the first time.

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