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Wood Exorcist

by Damien Brachet
on 19 July 2005

Yann Hervis is a rare craftsman of inlaid wood marquetry, bridging into contemporary art and interior design. His refined combination of precious woods humanizes the usually cold transit spaces of architectural projects: lobbies, doors, staircases, ceilings, elevators... In the process, while experimenting with the natural grains of wood, their colours, densities, textures, and natural dyes, he came to create his signature "palimpsests". By combining vacuum pressed collage with high pressure sand blasting, he created his own technique on strata of precious woods he attacks with sand, revealing inlaid calligraphies, secret figures imprinted deep in the wood's unique history.

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