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Apr 24, 2014 / 61 notes

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Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia: Molten Aluminium and Charred Wood Furniture

Here we see a series of furniture realised by Israeli designer Hilla Shamia who refers to this innovative joinery method as wood casting. Pieces such as side tables, benches, stools and coffee tables have been created by pouring molten aluminium onto the rounded, bark side of square sawn timber.


The molten aluminium chars the area of the wood it comes into contact with darkening it and creating a stark contrast against this relatively light coloured metal. The charring also causes further splitting in the wood which the molten aluminium can penetrate in its liquid form and form a strong bond with as it solidifies.

The flat square sawn timber comprises the upper surfaces of the Wood Casting furniture range while the aluminium sections are cast into moulds above it which form elegant tapered legs. In these photos we can see the Wood Casting furniture being made. The production method for the pieces seems at first glance very quick and simple requiring no traditional joinery techniques such as chiseling.

Every Wood Casting item is of course unique due to the natural materials used and the minimal hands-on craftsmanship involved in their making. Each piece of timber has different splits running through it from the drying process, some of which run all the way through to the surface of the furniture, which makes the aluminium and it’s charring effect even more prominent in the finished product.

Hilla Shamia originally showed off her Wood Casting furniture at the Milan Design Week in 2012. It’s not clear whether any of the pieces created are still available to buy or any details of prices. However if you’re interested in purchasing any of her work she does list two physical shops – Entratalibera in Milan, Italy and ASUFA Design in Jaffa, Israel – which sell her designs on her website here.

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Getting some ideas for my next embroidery design from these gorgeous berber carpets!  #Morocco #Marrakech #textiles #travel #travelgram #wanderlust
Apr 23, 2014

Getting some ideas for my next embroidery design from these gorgeous berber carpets! #Morocco #Marrakech #textiles #travel #travelgram #wanderlust

Ok, I had to post one more pic of Medersa el-Attarine. I’m not sure you’re understanding how amazing this place is…
Apr 21, 2014 / 3 notes

Ok, I had to post one more pic of Medersa el-Attarine. I’m not sure you’re understanding how amazing this place is…

Medersa el-Attarine in Fes, Morocco.  This is hands down the most stunning place I have ever seen.
Apr 21, 2014 / 1 note

Medersa el-Attarine in Fes, Morocco.  This is hands down the most stunning place I have ever seen.

The royal palace #Rabat #Morocco #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #palace
Apr 17, 2014

The royal palace #Rabat #Morocco #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #palace

Amazing pottery in Rabat <3
Apr 17, 2014 / 3 notes

Amazing pottery in Rabat <3

My first purchase while in Morocco,  a gorgeous leather backpack.
Apr 16, 2014 / 3 notes

My first purchase while in Morocco,  a gorgeous leather backpack.

Working on a new nautical colorway for my cameo purses. This one one might not make it to my Etsy shop, I want to keep it for myself! 
Apr 6, 2014 / 1 note

Working on a new nautical colorway for my cameo purses. This one one might not make it to my Etsy shop, I want to keep it for myself! 

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Apr 5, 2014 / 476 notes

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Apr 2, 2014 / 183 notes

svdp:

beautiful hyper-realistic paintings by Mary Jane Ansell. Her technique consists of indirect method where she builds up many layers of increasing detail, firstly with a light charcoal sketch then building up a monochrome grisaille underpainting. Then finally adding colour with both transparent glazes and full bodied colour.

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