Sswamn – Burnt Wood Stool

by Benjamin Foucaud France

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Solid oak stool. Made of scrap pieces upcycled and assembled with traditional joinery. Burned, ebonized and oiled.
This stool is the result of both chance and serendipity. For this type of piece, the last discarded pieces of wood are used, without intentional choice, and assembled without premeditation; like the automatic, stream-of-conscience  writing of the surrealists. Fruit of chaos and daydreams, fruit of the moment. Leaving the ego aside, giving life to a unique piece.

Solid French oak, traditional hand cut joinery, hand sculpted parts and handturned parts. Burned to the surface then ebonized with shopmade iron actetate. Linen oil.

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I’m a human, born in 1980. After years as a creative director for major brands, I trained as an artisan cabinetmaker to learn about my hands and body as other forms of power, freedom and thoughts. Project after project, the practice of gestural know-how has transformed into the practice of a thought as manual work obliges and requires us to think about our relationship with the world and its reality. Today, I put the ideas of art, creation, design and craft to the test of my Humanity, investigating their social, cultural and aesthetic concepts, their aesthetics, their myths and their memory and their industries to make visible their corruption and their beauty. Consequently questioning our values, our beliefs, our paradoxes, our artifices and our realities. Exploring the tensions between chaos and logic, beliefs and rationalism, reality and utopias, chance and control, violence and beauty. Leaving the tensions between craftsmanship and art, functionality and aesthetics to the theories of the past century. Seeking to define myself without the words Design, Art and Craft and avoiding reducing my aesthetic to an essence, I refuse to define myself categorically to accept being like the world around me : unpredictable, plural and ambivalent. I refuse to stick to a signature style and embrace several bodies of work that toughtfully make sense in relation to my own life, environment and encounters, and question the relationship to freedom and individuality of a world where everything must be formatted to be a commodity. I’m trying to be a fearless energy between nothingness and something in front of me that celebrate humanity and life.
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