It’s in the middle of the peaceful bucolic and inspiring mountains of Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, that Ricardo Graham Ferreira – oEbanista, create his products in a handmade mode, in a human and fair time, the natural and righteous time of the things. Since 2006, Ricardo works with the wood in a quite symbiotic way, using traditional and non-industrial techniques which he learned during the intense four years of study with master craftsmen from the South of France and North of Italy.
The choice for Ebanesteria, an Italian term for the occupation almost extinguished in the modern world, was emerged from Ricardo’s passion for the wood and their infinite possibilities. The respect for the material and the honour of giving life to their drawings with his own hands, using tropical species acquired from sustainable forestry management, or work with truly priceless jewels that are the protected woods and even endangered timber species, which came to the artist through demolition of historical row homes or from others constructions are, with any doubts, two of his biggest professional satisfactions.
All this cycle happens aligned with a genuine speech, lived everyday by Ricardo and his family – which live a few meters far from his workshop, through sustainable and renewable alternatives, which make a mark in a world filled due the urgency of the virtual time. “The differential of my work is my expression: this one doesn’t get to the school. Is there where I have a more personal knowledge, where the individuality is shaped: curves, wood tones, how they fit together”, the artisan explains.
Some items of his portfolio have already won the world for being original and have a universal language, an example of that is the Sela seat, famous by your perfect ergonomic design and at the same time strong and gentle. The piece was all around the world and received important awards. The same seat is produced both on his atelier and on the traditional Danish furniture PP Mobler, well known for replicate, through their “wooden artists”, drawings from Hans J. Wegner, Zaha Hadid, Verner Panton, and others, putting Ricardo’s work side by side with world design giants. Like the “Aragonez do Serrado” seat, another important piece by Ricardo, inspired by the troubadour seat, the Brazilian “cerrado” and the medieval Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes, which is produced by Elon Móveis de Design de Petrópolis, also in Rio de Janeiro. The “3 Pés” chair, another relevant item, was strongly approved by collectors and lovers of good design.
Time and experience arose in Ricardo the desire of take the trade longer, “I believe that people have interest in my work because it’s accessible, in a way that every and each one of us can realize that we are able to do something with our own hands, with our own workforce. Doesn’t have any shortcuts to the practical learning and people recognize this quality in a handmade product”, Ricardo completes. For this reason, Ricardo does lectures, chats and courses in Brazil and around the world, sharing your craftiness with art lovers.
Ricardo Graham Ferreira
Maria Eduarda Carneiro da Cunha