Outside The Box Thinking
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.
1. Cardboard is gathered near the end of its functional process and reduced to pulp
2. It is crushed and formed in “pods.”
3. Then blended with soil and water and baked under the sun.
4. It then is used as “clay” but is of the cardboard pulp and soil.
5. It then is polished and smoothed.
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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