To begin our Backward People series, we collaborated with Yrhes, to create these wood and leather vases.
Yrhes is a studio based in Belgrade, Serbia, founded by Uroš Kotlajić, woodworker and furniture designer, and Tamara Šuškić, designer and photographer. YRHES objects are conceptualized by both of THEM, and handcrafted by Uroš in their studio. They make pieces which they believe affirm the beauty of a simple life
What type of wood is the most satisfying, rewarding, or frustrating to work with?
They work with wood from sustainably managed forestry in Serbia, so they usually work with 10-15 domestic species. Even with the same species, each tree is different, and they like to follow that uniqueness, so they try to get the most out of each piece.
They love working with pear, its homogeneous structure and very simple appearance, especially if they manage to find pieces that have a characteristic pinkish color. It is very rewarding wood to work with, homogeneous and smooth. They love working with walnut, which varies a lot in appearance, they look for a dark, almost black color, as well as one with a rather greyish tone. They work a lot with European hornbeam, a very unique domestic species, pretty heavy and hard, but very light in colour, it can reach a very creamy, white colour, and when polished it can have a marble-like look.
They love to follow the nature of the wood they are working on, but the frustration may come from hidden discoloration or cracks that sometimes simply appear on the surface of the object when they reach its final shape. And you never know with these natural ornaments: sometimes it looks perfect, and sometimes it looks just like a mistake.
What is the best part of your practice?
Finding form and purpose in such organic material as wood.
What influences or inspires your work?
They admire simplicity and dedication of the Japanese woodworking tradition, the sincerity of their approach to the material. On the other hand they are inspired by our Orthodox tradition, the simple life – which corresponds to their material – and the beauty of it.
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