DVELAS is an initiative to recover used ship sails and re-use them, all of these applied to the contemporary design.
The DVELAS contemporary furniture starts as a creative reaction to reuse the huge quantity of material thrown away by the sailing industry. Material, which is not apt for sailing but which possesses excellent qualities in terms of durability and resistance.
With time and usage, the sails of a ship acquire deformations and damages that make them less effective in providing a good drive to the sailing boat. Generally, when this happens, the sails are changed for new ones to provide a more precise navigation. However, in most cases, the thrown away sails maintain their material in excellent conditions, besides having a great sculptural attractiveness due to its seams, reinforcements, marks or numbers and mainly due to the patina acquired through the time and use.
The models in the collection reclaim the sculptural form of the sail and they use as inspiration, the rigging techniques, technology and the making of the professional sailing makers.
We avoid using the material as a lining or upholstery, on the contrary, the idea is that the material stays in tension, working the same way as when it was used for sailing, giving back this way its dignity even though the sail has been taken into parts.
Each sail is used to produce a limited series of products, all of them are tagged with an inscription that provides information regarding the sail´s origins, the port it comes from, the ship, the type o sail, the original manufacturer and its numbering edition.
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