Using local artists as craftsmen and cardboard as his medium, Brazilian artist Domingos Tótora creates beautiful and sustainable furniture and accent pieces that have exhibited around the world. His process is illustrated below through the fabrication of his Agua Table.
After raw cardboard is cut up, it is mixed together with glue.
The cardboard mixture is then molded by hand into the proper form.
After the pieces dry, they are sanded to create the proper finish.
In 1998, Domingos brought local artisans together into a cooperative known as Gente de Fibra that manufactures his pieces. Through this cooperative, he has helped transform the struggling agrarian-based economy into one that thrives on the craftsmanship and skill of local artisans. Each item is hand crafted in a harmonious collective manner. The farmhouse and banana plantation owned by his family are where some of the pieces are manufactured today.
(Images: The Contemporist)