Learning about collaborations that merge traditional craft with design and a social purpose is always inspiring. That's why the "Washed Wood" project between Canadian designer Cristina Covello and Brazilian craftsman Zeca Godinho caught our eye. The project is a partnership between Covello, Godinho, and StraaT, a Brazilian organization that links designers and craftspeople to help alleviate poverty through craft and design. Together, they produced a line of products that combine traditional skills and materials with innovative new techniques and a modern aesthetic.
The "Washed Wood" products are made of wood gathered from the demolition of civil construction found discarded in Botucatu, Brazil. The wood is old and dirty and needs to be washed before it can be worked so Zeca has invented a machine that makes this arduous task a little easier. The dirty, painted boards are pushed through a set of motorized steel brushes that wash the wood and ready the boards for construction.
After cleaning, the wood is cut into strips at a precise width and angle so that when the boards are clamped together they form a curve. This one part, repeated, is cut at different lengths to form the various pieces: stool, bench, coffee table and mirror. Part of the beauty of this project is its ease of production and the idea that one simple part can produce a variety of products.
Production aside, we think the "Washed Wood" collection would make a beautiful addition to any indoor or outdoor space. For product availability contact Galeria Ovo.