Sumio Suzuki’s work has taken him to countless places- Asia, Africa, and North America- but the artist has finally settled in Ubud, Bali, a place which he sees as reminiscent of his native Japan. To Suzuki’s mind, every piece has a purpose, and, through a trial-and-error process, the craftsmen he works with help provide an alternative view to his visions. “I draw the lines,” he explains, “but the carvers inevitably produce mistakes as they give shape to my drawings, which grants me a different perspective of the original design.” Suzuki’s materials come from various species of large trees in Indonesia. The artist recognizes the characteristics of different types of wood and carefully applies their unique qualities to each piece. Suzuki’s work reflects his philosophy about the “true nature of art”: “My artwork should not reflect myself. Instead, it should transform itself to the life of its new owner.”
1. A composition of a low table carved from an aged piece of jati wood (teakwood) with its four legs stained black; BALI HOUSE DESIGN CHEAP a chair made from one single piece of mahogany; and a standing lamp made of rice paper and mesh.
2. “Hokora”: A unique standing lamp, carved from coconut wood, with an internal feature in
3. An altar piece, with ebony insertions, converted from an old mortar that was made out of one single block of wood.
5. Two chairs in nangka wood, an African inspiration, and a stool in jati wood.
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