Cubicle for the purification of the soul
MDF panels and yakisugi technique
Commission by Masisa and Glocal Design Magazine
Animam is a cubicle for the purification of the soul designed by Valentín Garal under the support of Glocal Design Magazine and Masisa.
Under the premise of taking the material to the limit, the MDF is exposed to the Japanese technique “Yakisugi”, burning the surface. In a conceptual context carbonizing the material means also the purification.
The fire as cleaner and healer is a transversal idea in multiple cultures and mind states. From a chemical and medical function, to an esoteric or religious view. Taking to the limits these statements the design recreates an ascetic room. A space exposed to the fire, the minimum spaciousness and a tenuous light which impulse to the meditation, introspection and therefore the purification of the soul.
It emphasizes the ancient culture of the mystic, specially the St John Cross idea of it, based in the verses of “Glosa de el mismo.
Directed by Javier Irigoyen