Born and raised in Maria da Fé, a city in the mountainous region of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Domingos Tótora returned to his hometown after studying design in Sao Paulo and chose cardboard as the source material for his work that falls between art and design. The surrounding landscape and his passion for nature serve as the source of inspiration for his work. Starting with recycled cardboard, he creates objects and sculptures where beauty is inseparable from function, granting an artistic aura to common everyday objects.
Domingos Tótora's studio is a modern, open space nested between the deep blue of the open sky and the emerald green of the mountains.
Here, the natural light is tangible, giving form to the surfaces of objects and sculptures. Nature and work embrace and interact with each other.
In a certified sustainable process, recycled cardboard is broken up into small pieces and turned into a pulp.
This material serves as the base for furniture, objects and sculptural pieces.
All the artworks are molded by hand, dried in the sun and finished to perfection.
In this careful and labor-intensive process, the cardboard which originated as wood, essentially is brought back full cycle by taking on a wood-like quality again.
The beauty of Domingos Tótora's work not only manifests in the final product but in the process itself. From the designer's philosophy and respect for the environment to the location of the studio and the way the work is produced, all the way to the final product.
"The pieces present themselves as an invitation to tactile experimentation; they are made to be touched and attract not only the hands but the look and the thrill of pleasure."
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