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How furniture becomes art

The furniture that are crafted when the creator has inspiration, ingenuity, imagination, humor and love have a distinct structure, different to conventional woodworking.

The objects end up as decorative furnishing, as shapes of joy and beauty and of course when not only the usual techniques are used for the construction, but also sculpture and painting, this classifies them as objects of art.

Each one of these objects of furniture hides a little story, humanly simple and not necessarily profound.

A momentary impulse as the look fell on something beautiful of beloved, evolved into intense enthusiasm and matter formed into creations that captured all this delightfulness.

The collection of cassettes, the “The persistence of memory” poster painting by Salvador Dali and the Rubik’s cube were the creator´s favorite objects in his teenage room.

The horse was a daily and pleasant image in the neighborhood he grew up in and of course is the symbol of his city.

The books came about while he was admiring the vast and impressive bookcase of a friend of his and the apple, while he was observing the fruit he was eating, one sunny day.

Materials - Ways of construction

The materials used for artistic furniture collection are mainly wood (different types and qualities), metal (internally) and styrofoam which makes them especially flexible.

The outer cover consists of many layers of linen fabric and water soluble glue which makes it hard and durable.

The above style is inspired and similar to what was used in ancient Greece for the making of “flax thorax” of the soldiers.

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According to the researcher Peter Connolly(¨The Greek Armies¨): “A flax thorax consisted of successive layers of linen glued together so that they can form a solid mass half a centimeter thick”.

Modern tests, using the materials that were available during that period, show that the successive layers of linen was effective for the protection from arrows, swords and other weapons. Furthermore, they served as an ancient version of contemporary Kevlar armor (bulletproof vest which are made from this material).

Later, the furniture is drawn and in the final stage covered with strong varnishes, similar to those used on floors (polyester) giving it extra protection and durability.

Other materials are used in order to produce different qualities and allow flexibility in processing.

Conclusively, the wood alone would restrict the imagination of the creator and hence the form of the furniture.