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October 5th, 2020

João Faria, Artist or Maker?

Sometimes people asked if João Faria, the mastermind and co-founder of Emotional Objects, is an “artist” or a “maker.” He is both and likes to be both.

His work is an inspiring process where every Emotional Object has a meaningful story.

Starting each piece with a sketch, João finds inspiration from the most unusual things around him – a fabric, a boat or a car, or only a memory. After he has an idea and explores it in his mind, an extensive search is done by his team to find out if the object is original. If not, he abandons it. João believes that good products are timeless and loves balanced and straightforward designs. Not all get the honor of being called Emotional Objects. To be one, a strong impression must happen to people. Many ideas were left behind because they weren’t bold enough or someone thought of something similar before. But, if it is original, then the magic starts.

Sometimes influenced by any particular music (João has an eye for spotting musical treasures before they became known), he put on his headphones and listened to it loudly and absorbed as if no one or nothing else exists. Many objects or collections have their unique music that plays over and over during the design process.

With the drawings finished, he moves his attention to the “Lab” (the nickname we gave to his workplace) and tirelessly solves all the problems and technical issues to make the prototypes. It´s not unusual to see him taking some time (sometimes, years) to think and mature about the pieces he has in progress. Sometimes, it takes something to happen to solve an ancient Emotional Object; Iris took four years and Lazy Day more, for example.

He uses mainly wood and metal (stainless steel, brass, and copper), but wood is in his blood. He prefers natural processes that are safer and allow the wood to mature beautifully over time. João always selects the veneers himself and finds profound beauty in its natural imperfections full of character. Due to these variations, there aren’t two objects precisely alike. Nevertheless, seeing his pieces come to life in his hands in a dynamic interplay of forms and surfaces is exciting. Many times, he has to come back to the drawings to perfect the object. Making each prototype by hand himself, he works on one piece at a time to achieve a singular focus and great attention to detail.

Over the years, João has been developing and cultivating relationships with artisans and master craftsmen in his hometown – Vila Nova de Famalicão, near Porto – in Portugal. These are the ones he trusts in the manufacturing of specific parts of his pieces. By empowering and collaborating with all of them, João brings new methods and materials to create unique, contemporary designs that celebrate ancient traditions. He constantly discovers, develops, learns, and fuses traditional with modern techniques and perfecting Emotional Objects’ methods, sometimes with trial and error.

Made to last for generations, the distinction between functional and fine art is not easy to find in his work. But, most important, he only makes pieces that he would want for himself.

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January 24th, 2020

The end is near…

When our marketer and digital strategist told us that we have to have a blog, we said “no way!”. We are not going to make a blog just to please Google SEO and stuff like that. There are thousands of blogs in that field – “The 10 best interior designers…”; “The 5 top sofas for your living room…”; “The trendiest colours to use in 2020…” – and we don´t want to be another one!

However, after some thoughts, we realize that we have so much to tell people (things that don´t fit the social media networks or the website “normal rules”) and the blog doesn´t look so bad idea after all. As someone said before, only the foolish doesn´t change their minds… 😊 the end The end is near… 1f60a

But we have to warn that we are not going to “follow the trends”! This means we are not going to publish just because we have to and we are not writing about Interior Design unless we have something meaningful to say about that. We can speak about something that inspires us; we can have a political opinion about an issue or we can only publish a song we love.

Saying that, what better way to start this by telling you how is going to be the end of Emotional Objects?

Yes, it´s true, we already have our “dead” schedule. The only mystery is the date… we know how, we just don´t know when.

Curious?

Every time we have an idea for a piece, we give it a number and explore it until its last consequences. Sometimes it´s not feasible, but the idea is not forgotten, just waits until technology catches up. That´s the reason why we have 53 lines drawn in our computer and only 13 produced. (we will come back to this later).

But a few years ago, we decided that Emotional Objects will have an end when we reached the 99th object.  When that happens, we will publish a book – called “99th”, obviously – with all the projects produced or not.

 

People will be able to have Emotional Objects, unless the limited-edition series finished, but no new objects will be made.

Why?

Because we can and because everything ends… 

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