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.
“In order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty.”
All images © Melanie Riccardi