Xavier De Bascher, one of the owners of the beautiful La Barriere Chateau which I wrote about on Tuesday, has recently launched a very special product.
Studying design at the prestigious Beaux Arts school in Paris, Xavier is a well accomplished art director/photographer/graphic designer, creating campaigns for high fashion brands such as Kenzo and Cartier, among many others.
A visit to a Bauhaus exhibit in 1969 had a major influence on him, as he originally wanted to be an architect. Always having a deep connection with the crafting of wood, Xavier recently decided to dedicate his time to hand carving wood to create one of a kind lamps.
During my visit to the chateau, Xavier took me on a tour of his atelier and workshop, a former barn on the estate. He showed me his collection of wood and shared how he traveled the world seeking out rare pieces he could transform into his lamps. A recent trip to the Amazon yielded an extraordinary collection of rare wood but Xavier also sources wood directly from the surrounding forest of the chateau. Sometimes he acquires old furniture, seeing the potential to deconstruct it and use the wood for a lamp.
Contemplative in executing his ideas, he sometimes takes weeks to work on a single piece, Xavier uses his senses to inform him with his design, smelling, touching, and caressing the wood before deciding what he will do with it. After each piece is carved, there is a long and intense sanding and finishing process and the completed lamp has a hot stamped seal of authentication.
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