This piece was inspired by kintsugi – the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics using gold in the cracks. The philosophy behind this traditional art is that when an object breaks, we shouldn’t necessarily throw it away. We should try to repair things because sometimes in doing so we obtain more valuable objects. The cracks can make them special and unique. And scars are not something to hide – we should wear them with pride, because by them we became who we are.
This cabinet in its original unpainted state had so many wear and tear that it seemed to be impossible to cover them and renew it. The structure and the surface as well had a lot of fault – not speaking about the complete network of woodworm tracks! So I decided to keep the “old beauty” of this old piece: by an imperfect way of painting, by imperfect patterning, to enhance the imperfectness of the surface – and by adding gold paint to all the woodworm tracks.
The “perfectly imperfect” painting now matches the age of this furniture. With these painting methods the signs of age are not hidden, rather highlighted to add to its beauty.