Perpetua / Stools collection
Client: Personal collection
Materials: Burnt wood and brass
Designers: Attanasio Mazzone
Photo: Juan Ramirez
In our contemporary reality, products are produced to constantly exist and disappear on the market, an environment where they are designed for life, little for death and never for eternity.
In the 18th century, Japanese artisans, in search of new textures and properties of cedar wood, understood that burning it increased its durability for up to 80 years, making it a resistant, fire-retardant and waterproof material. This exploration process gave its name to the technique called Shou-Sugi-Ban.
From this practice was born Perpetua, a collection of stools made from recycled wood and brass, which explores this ancient technique applied to the context of contemporary design. Each of these seats is unique, as is the process that defines it; the fire burns in them towards a new life.
This exercise wants to reflect on the reuse, durability and consumption of design, rethinking new processes through research and revaluation of traditional techniques, to design products with new values for future scenarios.