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Jean-Marc Rif

Interior designer / wood work and furniture manufacturer, Boisseliers du Rif in Beirut

Boisseliers du Rif

PRESENTED ON DEC 10, 2014
IN BEIRUT @ VOL 21

“Our specialty is our ability to offer customized products to discerning clients using both traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques” says Jean-Marc Rif about Boisseliers du Rif, a business his family has been running since 1913! This third generation wood works and furniture manufacturer tells us about the benefits of specializing in skilled manual labor…Let’s (re)discover the art of craftsmanship in the 21st century! 

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Wood and Steel

BY SJORS VAN BUYTEN
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 20, 2013

Sjors van Buyten shows his passion for craft and design, from his beginnings working with metals in an automotive shop, to some of his recent designs. He works primarily with metals and wood, and also enjoys incorporating light in many of his installations.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 24, 2013.

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Heroes of Wood, Glass, Steel

BY KEIJI ASHIZAWA
@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Keiji Ashizawa is a metalworker with a lot of industrious friends. Keiji shows off some of his amazing work with steel and aluminum, as well as the lighting, wood, and glasswork of those who he works with. He also discusses the structures and furniture he built for those in the tsunami-affected area of Ishinomaki, Japan. (in Japanese)

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

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The Shape of Water

BY ISAO EGUCHI
@ 「ICSでNIGHT」 ON SEP 23, 2013

Isao Eguchi is a designer from Kawagoe city in Japan. He uses materials such as wood, plastic, and clay to make chairs, tables, plates, trays, blocks, learning tools, and containers. Here he shows us some of his works. (In Japanese)

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Identity and Heritage

BY AIDA MULATO
@ VOL 36 ON JUN 26, 2014

Aida Mulato founded "Jóvenes Artesanos" as a way to rescue and promote mexican craftsmanship. Since 2009 se works with different indigenous communities which she documents through photographs to keep their costumes, traditions, celebrations, gastronomy and crafts processes of our country.

 

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From Welding to Wood to Bronze

BY RODNEY HILL
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Rodney Hill, Architect and professor, discusses the results of many years of sculpting. From unintended opportunities that opened while covering design gaps in the architecture offices he worked for, he discovered a path that led from welding to wood to bronze as an avocation. He shared his large scale, very intricate wood carvings, some with erotic affordances requested by clients.

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Drive By Press

BY KATE DEDLOW
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 17, 2015

Drive by Press is a woodcut design and woodcut printed apparel store. Kate Dedlow shares about their carve and design process for t-shirts, posters, and accessories. 

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Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

BY KELLEN CATANI
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Wood speaks for itself. The tree grows for years, learning about the Earth, becoming its own, developing character. Never perfect, but a unique form a life that always seems to mesmerize. Kellen Catani and his company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. cherishes this imperfection. When it is time for the tree to move on, they repurpose its life into functional and beautiful objects, fully embracing the culture of the Italian artisan as they labor. Purebred exposes the persona that resides in the tree and therefrom create their own expression of authenticity, always exemplifying a deep respect for this material that no man can truly comprehend.

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Spoons

BY LISE BRATTON AND GRAEME MURRAY
@ VOL 2 ON APR 20, 2016

Graeme talks about the history of rural spoon making in southern Japanee villages, Lise talks about the Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, and they relate these very different cultures to their own woodwork practices.

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Foundry Wood and Community Engagement

BY KRISTIE NAIMO
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 30, 2018

Kristie Naimo talks about the work of ARC CIC - Achieving Results in Communities Community Interest Company. One of ARC CIC’s first community projects is Foundry Wood a Community Woodland in Leamington Spa.