The architect and designer Inês Schertel abandoned the glamour of the metropolis of São Paulo 25 years ago to live on a farm in São Francisco de Paula, in southern Brazil. Here, over the last six years, with her husband she has cared for a flock of 300 sheep whose wool becomes a source of inspiration and material for the production of exclusive items in rustic felt.
Some of these creations will be presented in the exhibition Materica (on the use of unusual and common materials, deployed in unusual ways) in the spaces of Hotel Nhow in Milan at Via Tortona 35, until 31 October 2019.
Inês Schertel reinforces her passion for slow design and works on her pieces by felting wool and coloring it with botanical dyes, a technique over 6000 years old which she has perfected during trips to Europe and Central Asia.
The wool is pressed by hand with water and olive soap to create various layers that blend in harmony, producing surprising effects. Through this slow design process Inês Schertel proceeds from the raw material to the production of objects, carefully gauging the environmental impact of the entire operation.
“My work is entirely artisanal. The raw material is the wool from my 300 sheep that live on my farm in São Francisco de Paula. The magical processing of the fibers can last from 30 to 60 days, leading to unique results,” explains the architect born in Porto Alegre, who is showing seven pieces specifically made for Materica: the Truvisca and Porva stools, the Oiga and Meu Bem baskets and the Viração, Graxaim and Caudilho tapestries on the second floor of the hotel.