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October 11, 2016
Domingos Tótora

Domingos Tótora

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OUTSIDE THE BOX THINKING

Domingos Tótora Designs With Recycled Materials

Text by Bill Indursky | Images Courtesy of Sossego
October 14, 2016

If there was ever someone who believed the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” it is Brazilian-born designer Domingos Tótora. Tótora, who studied design in São Paulo before settling in his home city of Maria da Fé, sees discarded cardboard as the raw material of beauty. Inspired by his city’s natural undulating landscape, waterways and rock formations, he reconstitutes discarded boxes and creates sensuous sculptural furniture and objects for the home industry.

What makes the designer’s work even more fascinating is the process that he has developed to create his labor intensive curvilinear works.

“Design should emulate the cycle of life,” says Tótora.

His processes begins by reducing the discarded cardboard into pulp—its earlier state—blending it with soil and water, hand sculpting it into forms and finally baking it in the natural sunlight.

“The work travels the full circle of earth, water and sun”, he shares.

THE PROCESS

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Domingos Tótora

Domingos Tótora

Domingos Tótora

1. Cardboard is gathered near the end of its functional process and reduced to pulp

Domingos Tótora

Domingos Tótora

2. It is crushed and formed in “pods.”

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3. Then blended with soil and water and baked under the sun.

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Domingos Tótora

4. It then is used as “clay” but is of the cardboard pulp and soil.

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Domingos Tótora

5. It then is polished and smoothed.

EVEN MORE METHODS

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Domingos Tótora

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Domingos Tótora

FINISHED PRODUCTS

solo-bench_1 semine-chair leiras-chair kraft-bench_2 pe-de-moleque-bench_1 centro-de-mesa-organico-com-frisos-g mesa-agua-table casca-chair sculptural-vase_vazado organic-vase_liso_mod-3_cera organic-vase_liso_mod-3anfora-lisa_2 anfora-riscada veredas-bench_1 veredas-table_limited-edition_1

Tótora environmentally conscious designs are now exclusively distributed in America by Sossego.  Contact their showroom in Chicago or shop the designer’s work online at:  http://sossegodesign.com


About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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