“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” – Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis.
By definition, metamorphosis indicates an alteration is physical build and structure, commonly associated with insects. As a great novel of the 20th Century, written by a phenomenal thinker for his time, Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis digs deep introspection, unknowingly looking for meaning or something to hang on to. This is the word which rung in conversation and thought, and has come to symbolize a new line of thought, and design inspiration for Boca do Lobo.
Insects can be repulsive and can make you think of how different and unique life is by itself. As a subjective concept, beauty can be found in the strangest things, but is guaranteed a place in what is known as luxury.
On redesigning, and completely transforming one of Boca do Lobo’s classics, the Diamond sideboard, fitted into the Metamorphosis ideal. Marco Costa, head of design from Boca do Lobo says: “It all started as a funny game between designers, who could make the same look different? Upon laying out a selection of bugs on the piece, we thought… why not?!”
Putting aesthetic standards and the meaning of beauty to test, the Metamorphosis series seeks to provoke a questioning within the evolutionary context. The current three-
piece set, takes Boca do Lobo’s core selection of materials, wood andbrass which undergo a series of new treatment processes, to complete such a challenging design.
Boca do Lobo emotional pieces are handmade in Portugal by talented artisans who use their wisdom from years of experience to combine traditional manufacturing techniques with the latest technological methods to shape the finest materials into furniture which gives rise to timeless luxurious cosmopolitan environments.
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