Bichos / Martinho Pita


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葡萄牙建筑师Martinho Pita用葡萄牙冬青的树枝手工制作了这些灯具。
Martinho Pita在2008年第一次做出这样的灯,那盏灯依然完好无损的放置在他的房间
里。受艺术家父亲的影响,Martinho Pita学会了艺术化的对待这些木材。他对树枝进
Martinho Pita精确的剥皮,烘干(冬青木烘干而不变形具有一定的难度)和小心翼翼
的打磨。每盏灯上都有红色和黑色的电线贯穿其中,用Martinho Pita的话来讲:“这是
冬青木是高硬度的绝佳柴火,他们在Martinho Pita的手上,获得了生命。
非常感谢Martinho Pita将项目介绍和项目图片授权gooood发行。
Appreciation towards Martinho Pita for providing the following description:
When we create something it seems that we establish  a relation with it. By
manipulating and therefore recreating it, somehow we give it a spirit of its own.
“Bicho” is a portuguese word without a direct translation.
It means something like a “creature”…a wild creature!
Bichos are hand-made lamps and each branch is unique creating a new range of lamp
species. Although it doesn’t refer to any particular animal that i know of.
The light source of every member of this family is made by textile-covered electrical
cords that run through each lamp in a different way resembling the blood as a life-giving
This species are born from the pruning of portuguese Holm (Holly) Oak trees.
Its wood is used since ancient times and is known for its hardness and high quality
Lamp cycle to minimize waste:
tree pruning / brunch into lamp / lamp use / high-quality firewood
Photos by Francisco Nogueira
Here’s some more information from the Martinho Pita:
Portuguese architect Martinho Pita has designed a series of lamps reusing a number
of branches obtained from pruning.
The series, called Bichos (which in Portuguese means “creatures”), is hand made out
of discarded Portuguese holly tree branches.
Each unique item appears animated, as if a fantastical creature frozen in movement.
The series was born out of a sabbatical period in which Pita spent a few months away
from the city.
“The first lamp I did was in 2008 and it is still in my leaving room today,” Pita says. “I
love the process of things so its “mistakes” are still intact.”
“I learned the art of transforming wood into lamps with my father who is an artist.
For me it became essential to learn how to prune a tree, the right time of the year, the
right branch, the angle and distance of the cut in order for the tree to heal itself,” Pita
states, describing the process of making each of the Bichos lamps.
“Once on the ground I calibrate the branch in the right position and peel it while is fresh
and soft. It’s then a matter of shaping, sanding and detailing it before it dries completely
since holly wood is extremely hard. It is important to understand its dynamics.”
In each lamp, a red or black textile-covered electrical cord runs through the branch,
recalling, in Pita’s words, “blood as a life-giving source.”
The medium-sized Bichos series lamps are free-standing and seek to be part of a
waste-minimizing life cycle: from discarded branch, to lamp, to firewood, in the end.
Martinho Pita in Domus Magazine


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