"Each art has a duende* different in form and style, but their roots meet in the same point …, the essential, uncontrollable, quivering, common base of wood, sound, canvas and word. Behind those black sounds, tenderly and intimately, live zephyrs, ants, volcanoes, and the huge night, straining its waist against the Milky Way. Ladies and gentlemen: I have raised three arches and with clumsy hand have placed in them the angle, the muse and the duende. The muse stays still. She can have a minutely folded tunic, a pair of cow eyes like the ones that stare at Pompeii or a four-featured nose with which her great painter, Picasso, has painted her. The Angel may be stirring the hair of Antonello da Messina, the tunic of Lippi, and the violin of Masolino or Rousseau. But the duende…Where is the duende? Through the empty arch enters a mental air blowing insistently over the heads of the dead people, seeking new landscapes and unfamiliar accents; an air bearing the odour of child's spittle, crushed grass, and the veil of Medusa announcing the unending baptism of all newly-created things."
F. García Lorca: Theory and game of the duende
* Author's note: Using the Spanish word "duende" Lorca refers to the socratic daimon (δαιμου): The duende I am talking about, obscure and quivering, descends from the joyful socratic devil."
The traditional living space is marked by a peculiar taste, a flavour which is the outcome of a particular re for details in furniture and fittings. This taste is what draws the inquisitive eye towards traditional artefacts, to products distinguished by a quality that the craftsmen of yore were always able to provide, and which contemporary industrial manufacture can neither emulate nor replace. Such quality was the element that prompted us to embark in a search for the values one used to find in a traditional environment. With this inquisitive attitude we began an extended investigation through several fields of study (i.e. ethnology, anthropology, art history, mythology, etc.) and a direct experimentation with a number of different materials.
The outcome has been “Elias Art and Crafts Studio”, which today works in the field of traditional architecture both for public and private use - churches, urban furniture, farm and cottage restoration, traditional furniture and fittings - devoting a particular interest to the design and production of building elements both in wood and stone