Israeli based product designer Hilla Shamia has always been interested in imperfections. This is especially clear in her Wood Casting Series, where wood and aluminum are combined to preserve the imperfect beauty of natural timber.
The casting process is entirely unique, just like each piece. Molten aluminum is poured directly onto the surface of an old tree trunk, burning the exterior and leaving a striking black edge where metal meets wood, filling the natural crevices of the trunk and “completing” the form. The negative space is “transformed into aesthetic and emotional value” says Shamia, preserving the natural shape of the tree trunk, and giving it explicit, artificial boundaries.
I love that these pieces are both aesthetically simple and intricate, artificial and natural all at the same time – a beautiful contradiction.
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