Raffaello and Dayse
Wood inlay boxes and decor accents in Brazil
"Wood inlay is what I love to do. I finally found my path in life."Born in Italy, Raffaello has lived in Brazil since he was six years old. He works in the art of wood inlay. Dayse studied business administration, but she left her job to work together with her husband.
"When I was 17, I joined luthier Severino Marino in his workshop, then later worked with master artisan Simões," Raffaello says. "For a long time, I held several jobs — cook, images editor, crafting stringed instruments. I embraced music as profession for 16 years after studying it at the University of Rio de Janeiro; there I was also in contact also with fine art.
"I was delighted with the possibilities and variety of objects I could create with re-purposed woods from buildings that had been torn down, with discarded materials, and I collected everything I found — doors, windows, benches — until I discovered shops that specialized in the sale of this rescued wood.
"After 10 years working and researching, I am developing my own language in art and in the conception of decor objects to bring beauty and happiness to friends and shoppers.
"Wood inlay is what I love to do. I finally found my path in life."