Working with wood and cork, California-based designer Melanie Abrantes uses traditional techniques to create functional and ecologically sustainable design pieces for the home.
At present, her work consists of bowls, vases, glasses, and homewares — all created by hand, using a lathe. As Abrantes says, “In order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty.” In addition to her design work, Abrantes has recently released a book called Carve — this guide to whittling brings an age-old pastime to the modern realm. With the book comes a dozen projects, and if you’re keen, she also sells the tools for you to undertake them with.
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