With the use of wood from demolition, the designer Carlos Motta made the 25-piece show “Used and Reused Wood” that happened Museu da Casa Brasileira (between June 9th and July 4th, 2010), an institution linked to Ministry of Culture. “Those are independent pieces, drawn without the pressure of the great stream”, says the designer, who launched the book at the time “Carlos Motta – Life as I See It”, by Editora Bei. Then the exhibition moved to Espasso Gallery in New York, where it started with a great opening on September 14th.
“Much of what I’ve been drawing is to be produced with this demolition wood, the “rediscovered” wood; this is the way it is know at the big world out there. “Reuse, making use of new material”, explains Carlos Motta. “In the exhibition, there is a clear environmental and social responsibility, as a prerequisite of the first magnitude to the achievement of good design. We know how the word sustainability is worn out, but this is what we seek, this is the goal of humanity”.
This set of pieces made without pre-requisites from the customer reveals the constructive simplicity and respect for harvested wood from demolitions, and then reused. Some pieces are unique, others may be repeated in small quantities.
“Clean up the beam. Cut up all the metal, most of them are nails and screws”, teaches Carlos Motta. “Even though it is clean, the entry of this wood within the wood workshop represents a greater time of workload and to be prepared, be machined, or sanded, they are very rustic woods”.
He said the market of demolition wood has changed greatly in recent years. Currently commercialized even at in the international market. The search fot this material was little, and very cheap a few years ago. “Today, considered sophisticated, right, friendly, is worth a lot”.
The demolition wood has fulfilled important functions: offered physical, mechanical, technical and aesthetic construction quality, engineering, architecture. “Long-lived, probably this wooden beam is still beautiful and full of health”, adds Carlos Motta. “With this noble material I did a lot of furniture, whose goal is to be evidenced through the aesthetic, technical engineering and ergonomics, the ability to make quality pieces, reusing material, in this case wood and iron.”
The book “Carlos Motta – Life As I See It” has design and editorial project of Paul Lima, and graphic design of Rafic Farah, made by Bei Publisher. As the title says, goes beyond the scope of furniture design and architecture, through family, friends, surfing and for all that work together to form a unity, which is the life of Carlos Motta.