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02/11/17

Domingo the carpenter

In the sixties, Eivissa (Ibiza) was still a paradise barely polluted by modernity, where the rural culture survived, to which Domingo belonged, an old carpenter who along with his young nephew, who he had made his assistant, was still working in the upper part of Dalt Vila.  Domingo used the solid wood of the island junipers to which he formed with the saw, the brush, the chisel, and the mortise…the most traditional tools that he handled with dexterity.  And in fact, many of the chairs and tables were bought for houses of the members of the large colony of German, English, French and American artists located in this sanctuary, which regularly exhibited in the Carl van der Voort gallery, that was just in front of the workshop Domingo worked throughout an intense workday, was often interrupted to chat with a kind neighbor, who was none other than the architect Josep Lluís Sert.

 

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One of the clients in love with the furniture repertoire of the popular carpenter was a German who happened to be director of the Frankfurt Museum of Decorative Arts, a center that, although it defended the rationalism, the functionalism and the Gutte Form, had no qualms to incorporate into its permanent collection and next to the seats of Mies, Breuer, Le Corbusier….Domingo’s chairs and tables, to whom we owe that the most ancient Mediterranean culture is already part of the great history of European design.  

 
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