“There is something so basic, so natural in the hand that the urge to utilise its power will always make itself felt. Moreover, the chief characteristic of handcrafts is that they maintain by their very nature a direct link to the human heart, so that the work always partakes of a human quality”
― Yanagi Sõetsu
My Name is Alex
Wooden + Woven is the creation of Alexander Devol (Alex will do). I have been making things my whole life, things of all forms and functions, but the materials i find myself most at home with seem to always be wooden or woven.
Style & Quality
I believe in a simple, honest approach to design where aesthetics and utility are intrinsic. There is a distinct and individual quality in well made, slow made, and hand made things which begins with the story of their making and continues on with each use.
The pieces you'll find here are intended to be more than just utensils, they should mellow with age and make the otherwise mundane tasks of scooping, stirring & sipping handsome & homely.
I find there is an inherent comfort and pride that comes from making things, but also in living with objects which have been made with care and time. When I drink coffee from hand made pottery I like to think of the clay as it was being thrown, I imagine the maker, the workshop, the mug taking shape. When I drink from a paper cup i think of nothing.
While working as a menswear designer I have created hundreds of garments of which hundreds of thousands would be produced and sold, but none would provide the same satisfaction or pride from either its creation or its use as any hand made goods.
We owe a lot to mass production, but machine made things are children of the brain, while hand made things are children of the heart. Assembly lines bring cheaper, more consistent and quicker results, but there is beauty which can only be achieved through making each piece one at a time.