Greek like Antonis and English like Cardew, he has piercing blue eyes, a clear head, and a profound understanding of his elected material: Wood.
Antonis Cardew started working solid wood in London. Today he lives balanced between a corner of Normandy and the outskirts of Paris where he hopes to be a beneficial presence, like a reminder of nature and the essentials.
A little away from the large carpentry workshop he co-directs, in a small room littered with fragrant wood chips and facing an open window, Antonis Cardew installed a tower so that, in his spare time, he could transform the wooden chips in to everyday objects. Objects of an absolute simplicity and finesse, nourished with walnut oil and resolutely durable. The wood is always chosen with care: Antonis Cardew gets his supplies from small local sawmills who still take the trouble to value and sell varieties that have become less “commercial” such as fruit, apple, pear or walnut.