Wonderwood by Richard Yasmine
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Wonderwood is designed as a set of multifunctional product, used astableware or a freestanding fruit bowl or even a valet tray.
It’s about a collective work with Lebanese artisans in the marquetry field using their knowledge in the art and craft of assembling and applying pieces of veneer to a structure, to form decorative patterns; the concept is to create a new, yet experimental representation to the ancient marquetry as design and/or functionality, while working the very old intarsia in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another to form the surface pattern in a trendy approach mixing different kind of solid wood from texture, colors and scents combined altogether from smaller to bigger, creating one solid piece based on a designed pattern, manually turned on the lathe, then sculpted carved and given the desired shape melting the patterns within the wooden veins, together creating a sculptural piece of art.
Wonderwood is a 2-pieces-project. The round clean edge finishing and the crystallized wonderwood; with a fantasy touch when accessorized with diamond cut wooden parts, giving the look of an unfinished one item, just like a raw crystal.
It is finally treated by hand linishing, polishing, followed by sandblasting to give it a rough appearance, then treated with acid, and to finalize the process, a thin layer of wax is added to preserve the outward feel of the product.
Wonderwood is showcased on a rough concrete pedestal, with an oxidized brass bracket.
Photos by BizarreBeirut