Four… for Luck

INSIDHERLAND Press

April 3, 2015

Eco Design

According to an old Legend, each leaf of a clover had a meaning: Hope, Faith and Love. It was believed that whoever found a 4 leaf clover would have the Luck represented by the fourth leaf with the gift to absorb the magical powers of the forest and the Luck of the gods.  The number of leaves represents a complete cycle, as well as the 4 seasons, the four phases of the moon and the 4 elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. Being rare of finding, the meaning of this 4 leaf clover became a symbol of prosperity and the mystique of this Lucky charm continues until today…

INSIDHERLAND presents Four… For Luck

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“On a cold afternoon I found myself thinking about where to place a cup of tea and a small plate of cookies. The table at the center of the room was too far away from the couch and the image of a clover appeared by surprise.” Joana Santos Barbosa

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Four… for Luck is a special clover with a creative process based on the interpretation of the Legend of the 4 leaf clover, in which each petal represents a meaning. The concept of total independence was explored so that the four constituent parts of the whole – Hope, Faith, Love and Luck – can play a free specific role whenever necessary.

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Slender and projected in the air, each petal finished in listed rosewood veneer is like a real leaf in which the organic thin stem rises dividing it into two parts. This detail of separation that creates the continuity between petal and stem is emphasized in polished brass.

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The excellence of materials and finishes combined with the accuracy of the small details makes this center table a true refined and elegant furniture piece. Legend gains strength through belief and each legend is contested by disbelief. Winston Churchill said “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in attention to detail.” Stories, legends and memories take shape over time. We don’t know the true power of this legend but just in case Joana Santos Barbosa created Four… for Luck, through the attention to detail.

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Top: wood structure finished in rosewood veneer in half gloss varnish. Plate recessed into the wood in polished brass.
Base: handcrafted feet in solid polished brass.

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Top: wood structure with marquetry work in ebony veneer in high gloss varnish.

Base: handcrafted feet in solid polished brass.

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PRODUCT OPTIONS

Top: other veneers or lacquered in any Ral Classic color finished in matt, half gloss or high gloss varnish.
Base: polished copper, brushed, oxidized brushed or aged brushed brass/copper.

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“In my garden grows a thick blanket of clovers. Their different sizes draw freeform shapes that in a provocative tone evoke my imagination… What if through my fingers I would raise them in the air? An elegant console would emerge. The top would draw those combinations of different sizes and their slender stems would freely meet and form the organic base that nature intended.” Joana Santos Barbosa

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Continuing the interpretation of the Legend of the four leaf clover materialized in the Four… for Luck center table, this console with the same name explores the meaning of Luck in these peculiar plants.

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On the top made with exquisite rosewood marquetry work, it’s drawn an intentional chaos under which each four leaf clover is revealed only with a careful look. The clovers seem to strive for a major role, overlapping imaginarily on a common plan. Purposely, none clover stands out and we find the beauty in this organic and anonymous set.

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Starting with the elegance of these plants removed from the land, their original proportion is emphasized with total freedom. The long stems in polished brass acquire enormous proportions that appear to invent a wavy dance that unites them, making them stronger parts of a whole. Unlike the lack of four-leaf clovers, this delicate console offers the viewer the experience of a reflection on the power of the meaning of the fourth leaf which is so abundant here. If one day we found a garden populated by such mystical amulets, the power of the fourth leaf would never again be a prize offered by chance and Luck would become an element of personal achievement obtained through the watchful eye of each one of us.

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Top: wood structure with marquetry work in rosewood veneer in half gloss varnish.
Base: handcrafted feet in solid polished brass.

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Top: wood structure with marquetry work in ebony veneer in high gloss varnish.

Base: handcrafted feet in solid polished brass.

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PRODUCT OPTIONS

Top: other veneers or lacquered in any Ral Classic color finished in matt, half gloss or high gloss varnish.
Base: polished copper, brushed, oxidized brushed or aged brushed brass/copper.

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