We are delighted to announce an exciting new chapter in the life of Rui Ribeiro Studio with the launch of our own collections of unique and limited editions of furniture pieces and objects.
Here you will find custom pieces rich in texture and detail made in the signature materials of Portugal, re-envisioned in new and exciting ways.
In addition to drawing on the richness of his own Portuguese heritage, Rui brings his relevant experience from a wide range of past projects to collaborate with a select group of both Portuguese and international artists, expert craftspeople, and makers’ workshops challenging each of them to express their creativity and expertise through the palette of fine design.
I am delighted to present our first collaboration with Portuguese artisans and ceramicists using traditional centuries old techniques which celebrates the cultural identity and unique crafts of the Portuguese people.
The first collaboration generated a collection of limited edition and unique ceramic objects with a contemporary language using the traditional Portuguese medium and technique called ‘Barro Negro’. Named the Black Clay collection, and realised by the Portuguese ceramicists Xana and Lima, the textures and forms are as unique and rare as the virtually forgotten ancient technique.
The second, with ceramicists Ana and Carlos, evolved into a collection of unique ceramic objects designed by me and made by hand using an ancient technique of modelling a mixture of local clays with both thin and thick chamotte clay. Each piece is simultaneously imperfect, elegant and sophisticated. It is the shimmering effect of the metal oxide glazes that inspired the name of this collection – Bronze.
In the third collaboration – Bronze II, I challenged the Portuguese ceramicist Miguel to make also by hand a series of oversize decorative plates and bowls based on his smaller scale ‘oeuvre’.
Please contact the Willer Gallery for details regarding each individual piece