The lights at the end of the tunnel
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Following Pierre’s Leron Lesur's ritual, a French artist from Saint Rémy de Provence, Tomás Alonso reinterpret the notion of "Sylvistructure": a unique practice at the crossing point between art and craftsmanship. Sylvistructure aims to reveal the natural beauty of old pieces of wood found on country paths. The technique involves delicately stripping the wood from decomposing matter, in order to reveal its core. Throughout his career, Pierre Leron Lesur has developed a specific interest in the almond tree: a singular tree with twisted shapes that is becoming increasingly rare in Provence. Tomás aims to reveal function within the piece of wood while respecting its natural beauty.
Tomás Alonso is a cosmopolitan craft designer born in Spain. Initially he has been influenced by the resounding but very concise charm of the pioneers of the Modern Movement, from Weimar to Milan. He eventually opted for a Master's at the Royal College of Art in London after a decade of study and professional practice in the USA, Australia and Italy which merged into a clear and pragmatic vision of life, soon translated into his own line of elegant, linear and poetic objects finding his own dimension in the field of the authorial design. His method can be summed up as an intelligent morphological synthesis of a technicist type, focused on functionality as an absolute value and turned into an idea for products which are quick and easily understandable into their constitutive elements. The very simple aesthetic qualities of his objects reveal the expressive potential of materials - his main source of inspiration - conveying an expressive immediacy which makes his work universal and transgenerational.
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