Wood Masters

  1. When we choose to work on a desk made of wood, we know that it has ‘memory’. In a fast-changing world, we look for things that afford stability. An environment of hand-worked wood is capable of transmitting feelings; amongst them the sensation of the passing of time, heritage, permanence, stability and companionship.

    On this occasion, Muebles Picó is presenting an example of classic carpentry from Valencia, the principal birthplace of industrial furniture in Spain. In its private museum we discover some identifiable traits of the company’s DNA, such as colorful marquetry work. In answer to what defines them, Muebles Picó has stated their work lies in the hands of master craftsmen; those who carry out the cutting, the marquetry and finishing of their pieces.

    One defining characteristic of classical furniture making is how the final form accentuates the raw material and how the organic, often irregular qualities of walnut wood are incorporated into the final piece. The sheets that contain these grains and burls are hand selected and combined one by one.

    Muebles Picó was founded nearly 70 years ago and continues to be a family business. The company’s trajectory stands out for the innovative way it has remained stylistically classical in settings - such as kitchens - that demand advanced technology. It has carried out hundreds of residential and public projects across the globe in which wood plays a fundamental role in the overall status of the environment. Territories where the company has worked include Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and Russia.

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  2. Six years ago the Tellería brothers (Aitzol and Andoitz), both professionals in the wood industry and fans of bicycle culture and mountain sport, joined up with fellow professional Enrique Ardura. Together, they were inspired to develop a project that combined their knowledge of wood modification technology and all its potential.
    Working from their joinery called Txirbil (meaning ‘wood shaving’ in Euskera, the ancient language of the Basque lands), the design team came to the conclusion that the tubular fibers of wood were perfect for creating a fast, sturdy bicycle frame. As well as having an interesting natural aesthetic, wood is resistant, can absorb a high level of vibration and can result much lighter than generally perceived.
    Axalko is the name given to these new wooden bicycles, inspired by a character from the brothers’ childhood – a quick and ingenious fox who appeared in fables their grandmother told them.
    An in-depth study was called for, looking at the effect the various forces would have on the bike frame in motion. Its micro-laminated finish allows for the utmost levels of resistance and rigidity. On the other hand, its hollow structure makes it really lightweight.

    The core of the frame is made with ash tree wood, a species indigenous to the region and that can also be found all over Europe, including the Britain and Ireland. The bike has been favorably tested by members of professional teams as well as in two demanding races in France - the París-Roubaix and the Flandes Tour.
    Like if it were a luthier atelier, most of the Axalko bike’s manufacturing process is done by hand, meaning care is taken over every detail, whether technical or aesthetic. Clients can have their model customized by choosing the colors and laminated finish. Durable, practical and elegant, the Axalko bike sets the bar high for stylish commuting.
    When asked about their innovative technique, Axalko’s creators simply answer that they have bridled a technology already found in nature.

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  3. Los Tres Juanes is a specialist company dedicated to creating historic woodwork in styles unique to the south of Spain. Their master craftsmen not only carry out pain-staking restorations, but also create new constructions for museums, churches and palaces. The company’s main activities include the construction of Nasrid-inspired roof frameworks, Alfarjes (polygon-shaped painted ceilings) and Mudejar-style coffered ceilings.

    Their work is mainly exported to Bahrain and Algeria and can also be admired in the ceiling of the Picasso Museum in Malaga and in the restored ceiling of the UNESCO-classified Alhambra Palace in Granada, which has breathtaking Arabic detailing.

    Inspired by Mudéjar art, these panels form a series of geometrical shapes made of finely interwined wood.


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  4. Мебель Пикó (Muebles Picó) - это пример классического столярного мастерства виртуозов испанской Валенсии, родины и сердца мебельной индустрии страны. Обращает на себя внимание прекрасная инкрустация из орехового шпона, которая является своеобразным фирменным знаком мебели Пико. Таким образом, самая главная и ответственная часть производства нашей мебели находится в руках мастеров ручной работы, виртуозно владеющих техникой резьбы по дереву и искусством мозаики из шпона, называемым маркетри.

    Мастер тонко чувствует древесину, каждый фрагмент которой имеет свой неповторимый рисунок. Элементы орехового шпона подбираются последовательно и скрупулезно, комбинируются с большим вкусом, что и превращает эту работу в классику.

    Предприятие “Мебель Пико” (Muebles Picó) основано 70 лет назад и до сих пор является семейным делом. Особого внимание заслуживает и то, как мастера умеют гармонично вписать классический стиль мебели в помещения, оснащенные современным оборудованием, такие как, например, кухня.

    Предприятие претворило в жизнь сотни вариантов мебели для жилых, производственных и общественных помещений в странах Латинской Америки, Азии, Ближнего Востока, Африки, а так же в Соединенных Штатах и в России. Обладание мебелью нашего предприятия подчеркивает высокий статус ее владельца.

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Wood Masters

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This is a continuing series about expert Spanish woodworkers. Upcoming videos in the series will feature a baker who creates fine kitchen tools from wood, an eighth-generation family of Spanish guitar luthiers, and a pedigreed Andalusian designer who constructs wineries. Do not hesitate to contact me to share your support felices@communicology.es

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