Looking back at our design journey so far, Boca do Lobo Blog has opened its doors to our past and what makes us unique, by sharing with our audiences our know-how and the craftsmanship techniques that are embedded in our furniture designs. Wood carving, filigree, marquetry, leaf gilding, hand-painted tiles and now, metalwork.
Nowadays the metalwork process can be truly artful to conceive a wide range of large-scale structures, assemblies, to the most unique designs. It requires discipline, vision, and strength. Since early, Boca do Lobo has not restrained to use different processes and tools to shape its furniture designs, by giving our pieces rough yet powerful expressions.
One of the processes we appreciated the most is the art of metalwork, where the metal is heated until molten into a chosen shape and size. The process starts by melting metal into a liquid, pouring it in a mould with a cavity of the desired shape, removing the material, or casting after the final work gets cool and then solidified. The solidified part can be ejected or even broken out of the mould. Metalwork is one of the most used techniques for making intricate forms that would be difficult to have from other methods, including sand casting.
To form, to cut, and to joining processes can be a praiseworthy playground. An artful creative assortment of large-scale structures, assemblies, to the most delicate jewellery.
Big-size shapes and creative forms are innate to metalwork, which involves time and careful effort from our blacksmiths. Consequently, fine-looking welding can also be a challenge. Joining each component must be at design service and overcome its functionality.
The reward is to create luxury furniture that could easily be seen as pieces of art, being impossible to have two exactly equal designs. A real expression of exclusive and highly collectable design.
Metalwork is very much alive in Boca do Lobo’s workshops, being featured in several of our furniture designs.