Hi Guys, I have two daughters working and studying in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Eena My eldest is looking at the possibility of bringing in my works to show next year in the Furnitex trade fair in Melbourne or at the AIFF in Sydney. Any thoug...
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A silent, but pivotal figure in the Philippine woodworking community, Benji Reyes’ original works of “functional sculptures” continue to inspire the sculptural style of Philippine contemporary furniture. After earning academic units in architecture at the University of Santo Tomas (1977-80) and later in fine arts at the University of the Philippines (1982-84), Benji took on woodworking as his artistic vocation for the last 28 years.
Formally trained in woodworking methods, Benji’s free-spirited approach to the craft had set him apart very early in his career. He challenged traditional approaches to material axiomatics in carpentry as he deliberately avoided the use of nails to fasten pieces of wood together. A prescient eye could easily discern Benji’s constant fascination with and absolute understanding of reclaimed wood by his mere act of choice and combinations of material; which strive to establish and maintain the work’s functionality with the harmonious integration of innovation in furniture making. The greatest appeal of Benji’s work is his predilection for the sculptural and malleable possibilities of wood, thus the emphasis of “softness in appearance” in their execution.
“Do it once, do it right,” is one of Benji’s many aesthetic virtues of well-crafted pieces that transform his oeuvre into unique art-pieces. On a more practical front, his artisanal touch has set his own standard and at once identifies an area for its production of beautiful objects very distinctively a BENJI REYES work. KOLEKTOR series, as these art-pieces are called, are vital and relevant today in the design and art scene, probably even more so celebrated than ever before.
Benji lives quietly with his wife as a designer/woodworker in Antipolo, who continues to run the family shop. For inquiries and appointments, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts
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Hi fellow LJs, I would like to share with you and invite you into my home, my heart and soul! Together with my team of students, I started building my house in 1998 for my wife and two daughters. It is located on a severe slope on top of a hill wi...
MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2010Designing For Children- There’s No Place Like HomePublished article: Homestyle Magazine (November/December 2009 Issue) It takes a while for me to really appreciate a beautiful home. The exterior and interior design...
Published article: Homestyle Magazine (September/October 2009 Issue) After my 26-year romance with wood, realization has finally knocked on my wooden intellect that there is more to be learned in my chosen field of art. Through experience, I...