Lex Pott is a designer who loves wood, so when he arrives at the workshop of Giuseppe Rivadossi he is in his element. In the showroom he sees tables, chairs, dressers and cabinets that enhance the wood’s organic nature. His eyes light on a special technique developed by Rivadossi in which the artisan hand carves an entire surface in shapes that rise out of or sink into the wood. “I found a dot pattern that inspired me to use this craft in a different way,” says Pott. His idea is to apply this special technique to the underside of the material, not just its external surface. He proposes this to Emanuele Rivadossi, Giuseppe Rivadossi’s son who joined his father in the business in 2001. Rivadossi is intrigued: “We think that the effect of maximum lightness he wants to reach is very interesting.” Still, it is not without its challenges, and it takes two days of working together to determine that it is indeed technically possible. “After a few holes and some attempts, we are convinced that a beautiful work will be born,” says Rivadossi.
For Pott, it is time well spent.“The true value in working with an artisan is the hand feeling and material knowledge,” he says. “I’m always open to learning, and seeing these artisans at work is a real privilege and inspiration.” “Lex brings a way of looking at things that is radically different from ours, and we put all of our know-how about the organic aspect of wood at his disposal,” says Rivadossi. “This collaboration was a true dialogue,” says Pott, echoing the artisan’s words.