Magis + RIK-FER

Sandra Hofmeister  for Damn September October 2015

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In the RIK-FER wrought iron workshop, strong muscles are needed to form the hot-iron pieces. Everything seems to be produced through the archaic practice of manpower, and the heat seems fundamental to that. “You know, we always have fresh air in here”, Antonio Ceolin, the charming owner of the workshop, states in his own modest way. Ventilators stand near the ovens, and the gates are open to the countryside in order to let fresh air enter. Normally, wrought iron fences or elaborate gates are produced here – all of them custom made, of course. Just recently, the blacksmiths created a big baroque door with various wrought iron ornaments, for a mosque in the Middle East. You can hardly find workshops with the knowledge to do this anymore, and yet Signor Ceolin knows that its products and craftsmanship are no longer in vogue, as in former times. At the main entrance to the workshop are numerous wrought iron fence samples – a collection of monstrous and kitschy pieces that recall times past. You would never think that this is the workshop where the Bouroullecs’s pieces for Officina are produced. “You know, Signor Perazza asked me earlier if we could handle high quantities”, Antonio Ceolin recounts, while still smiling – and this time it might be in a slightly ironic way...

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