Aldo Tornaghi & Ab Oosterwaal - Booth #30

Aldo Tornaghi & Ab Oosterwaal - Booth #30

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 26, 2012

Design: 25S32E collection
Materials: Recycled wood and local wood (Umbila)

Pitch: "25S32E is a handcrafted scrap-wood furniture collection, designed by Lisbon based studio KUVA (Aldo Tornaghi) and Maputo based ABdesign (Ab Oosterwaal), members of the design collective Piratas do Pau. Inspired by Maputo, the place where it is created and entirely produced, the collection uses the city's architectural details to define its own design language and to generate, through a simple shift of scale, the five different patterns that are a visual direct reference to the local urban environment."

"Each pattern is then translated into four main typologies (bookshelf, cupboard, table and coffee table) generating a vast range of products. Built using mostly recycled pine wood, reclaimed from dismantled pallets available on the local market, in combination with the local wood essence Umbila, each furniture is completely handmade by a team of local carpenters part of Atelier Laulane, a workshop based in the Maputo's slum area of Laulane. The atelier incorporates surrounding artisans and craftsmen, dividing work and knowledge and creating a network, where new materials and techniques are shared. The recycled wood suffers only minor interventions before being re-used, to preserve the original textures and colors, creating a dialogue with the more fine and uniform Umbila."


Designer: Aldo Tornaghi & Ab Oosterwaal
Website: KUVA
Location: Lisbon, Portugal


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