A story of passion, ended in tragedy, and turned into everyday objects by the skilled hands of a master carpenter Riccardo Ferrantelli and talent of a young designer, Gabriele D’angelo. We are in Sicily, and the cutting boards as the “head of the moor” are born precisely from one of the myths of the island’s most famous and tragic. The love story between a young girl and her daring but faithless suitor who, I discovered, is beheaded by her and turned into a vase for the plants. From this story of love, revenge and knife, the idea of a reinterpretation of a classic accessory, the sicilian, turning the two heads on two platters, the TagghiAmuri (size loves). Entirely made in solid beech wood , shaped and engraved, completely non-toxic and resin free.
The Woodworking Ferrantelli of Alcamo, has a long family tradition handed down from father to son for three generations. In this carpentry, the craftsmanship know-how is closely linked to the materials and colours of Sicily, as it is linked Gabriele D’angelo, designer of the cutting boards TagghiAmuri. A marriage between craft and design, thus was born the desire to tell the story of this land through unique products and sought.
Richard, why did you choose to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather?
“My father from an early age I was carrying, as usual, to find the grandparents, who lived above the workshop of cabinet-making craft, and where my father worked alongside him and some workers. Intrigued by the noise and the smell of the wood, one day I walked accompanied by the hand by my grandfather, to look at what they did, and he explained to me every single movement and processing, and from there my curiosity grew, and rested I of all the occasions to go by the grandparents to find my father who worked.
As a teenager I began to help them in the seasons of summer, right after school, helping with what little I knew, and under indication of my grandfather, who always said to me : look at this craft is the first step to process what your hands slowly begin to create, and in time refine the quality“.
“I’ve always focused activities, creative, as a photographer, a graphic designer, but in my heart, I always carried with me, my first passion for wood. Our carpentry workshop is specialized for more than 40 years in the sacred furnishings, thanks to an architect, a salesian, who has given us the possibility to create interiors in all italy”.
What has changed in the way of work from the time of your grandfather and what stayed the same?
“I think the only change happened in the way of seeing things well done, than the unbridled consumerism that we have today. What I always say to my co-workers and people who prefer to buy factory, is that we are deleting more than 30 years of history, because of the disposable, and when I remember in times past, my grandfather as of yet, we do, we built up every single piece of furniture to last for a long time.”
After you, who will take the command? Do you think that your son will follow in your footsteps?
“I hope so, because I’m doing everything to not to kill our crafts, also addressed to all the craftsmen of other sectors, and I believe firmly, that will never disappear, people are tired of seeing their homes the same with the other, as if they were created with a single mold. If my son, the only heir, you will want to carry on our family name, I will be beside him, supporting what he believes”.
Gabriele D’angelo, a young designer from sicily, after having studied and lived in Florence for several years, is back in her land, Sicily, influenced by the strong bond that he has with it. “My inspirations come from here, he explains the matter of these places, from the iconographic heritage, from the architecture and styles here that you perpetuate, and mixed for centuries. The way my design tends to synthesize all of these stimuli and to make my projects as light, simple, and functional, trying not to add more than is necessary”.
The boards TagghiAmuri are available online on the website: ferrantellifalegnameria.com
The price of the single is € 38,50 € 68,50 the pair, including shipping costs.