After Webb, 2017, Oak. Collaboration with Philippine Hamen.
The foundations of this collaboration lie in the utopian vision of the “Arts and Crafts movement” and the table found at Standen House (West Sussex, England), designed by Philip Webb, from which the idiosyncratic title “After-Webb”. In an era of material crisis supported by commercial slogan, responsible of loss of man’s values, we feel the need of reading authors that have faced the same antagonists of our time in order to defend our individuality and social rights.
The project is a vivid example of the will to converge our post-industrial era with the eclectic firm Morris&Co, of whom Webb was co-founder, which influenced the art and politic of 19th century through reforms against the industrial production for the re-appropriation of craftsmanship ethical values.
Hence, the project, in its broadest sense, becomes the only way of re-appropriation of man’s intellective virtue.
Craftsmanship, like agriculture is a continues dialogue between thinking and making, a link which Ruskin describes inseparable “it is only through labour that thought becomes healthy and only through thought that labour becomes happy”.