23 May 2021
COLLECTIBLE: A place you recently visited that inspired you?
Dimitrih Correa: Recently I did an expedition trip to Bahia, an estate in northeast Brazil. It is a beautiful destination loaded with beaches that will make you feel like in paradise. I went through several small towns and some of them have a special kind of vibe. An aura that evokes a magnetism and you just fell in love with it. My enchantment was such that I decided to put my emotions on the paper and then I created a new collection, called: “Bahia de Todos os Santos” or “Bahia of All Saints”.
“My inspiration comes from what my life is about at the moment. Sometimes I like to talk about the political situation, others I like to pay tributes to places I’ve been or also interesting things that surround me and can drive into reflections.”
C: Can you talk about a new piece or collection that you release for COLLECTIBLE SALON?
DC: On the previous question I started to tell about the new “Bahia of All Saints” Collection. It is composed of only 6 pieces. Each one of them named with a place where I felt the magic of Bahia. Caraíva, Trancoso, Itacaré, Corumbau, Cumuru and Morro. Some are unique, other limited and also bespoke.
C: Where do you take your inspiration from?
DC: My inspiration comes from what my life is about at the moment. Sometimes I like to talk about the political situation, others I like to pay tributes to places I’ve been or also interesting things that surround me and can drive into reflections. For example, to create Pesse’ one of my last collections, I was inspired by the pandemic situation we are/were all facing. The concept was to talk about directions, where during the lockdown, many of us felt lost or without knowing much what to do or what was next.
C: How do sustainability-related questions influence your practice?
DC: I am fully driven by sustainability. I only work with reclaimed wood. In Rio, where we are based, there are still several old buildings from the beginning of the last century or even older that were built with solid timber. And they are very often compromised, so when the constructors destroy it to build other ones, I collect these wood beams to turn them into new pieces. And sometimes I found very rare species that are endangered today.
One of my first collections was Luctus Murnan’ which talks about the destruction of our forests in Brazil. First Mata Atlântica in the past and then Amazon, nowadays. I try to claim attention to these matters and make people rethink their actions.
About Dimitrih Correa (Brazil)
Dimitrih Correa is a young designer and craftsman who graduated in industrial design from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Dublin Institute of Technology. Working from the initial concept and design stage of an object until its production and finishing, he dedicates himself not only to woodworking but also to other traditional techniques.