Simple, Sleek Compositions: Furniture by Enrique Morales
Enrique Morales is a woodworker and designer who produces beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and art through his studio, Madera Fina. The artist’s creations have a modern aesthetic to them, emphasizing simple, sleek compositions and the contrast between natural wood grain and the more uniform textures of glass or metal.
I really like the way that Enrique combines a sort of rustic, natural aesthetic with a very finely-tuned, polished, geometric edge. In some works, for example, a tabletop or bench seat is constructed using a single cut of polished wood, with the rough, uneven edges left intact for added visual interest. The table and bench legs, in such pieces are often made from sanded, painted, and perfectly aligned wood or sometimes other materials, creating a beautiful sense of balance and contrast that would be at home in both rustic and ultra-modern decor.
Outside of furniture pieces, the artist also produces lovely keepsake boxes, spoons, and other household items with a continued emphasis on the colour and texture of natural wood.