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Martin Ruíz de la Prada

  • Siete Formas
  • Woodworker
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Martin Ruíz de la Prada Woodworker
Spanish, English
By appointment only
+34 616904032
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A delicate touch

  • • Martin is a self taught woodworker
  • • He uses European noble woods to handcraft his pieces
  • • His pieces combine craftsmanship with timeless design

Martín Ruiz de la Prada was not born an artisan, he became one. An economist, currently employed as an airline pilot, he was introduced to wood turning by sculptor Toni Porto. Since then he regards himself as self taught throughout the years, designing and making objects for daily use and furniture. In 2016 he opened his workshop in Madrid, where he works on his own, designing, making tests and prototypes with different kinds of wood and materials he incorporates, such as the alabaster he employs for lamps. He likes challenges and favours turning wood thinly, at a thickness of 3 to 4 mm, difficult to achieve without scratching or breaking the material. His shapes are linear, combining traditional craftsmanship with timeless design.

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Trio of lamps

These cylindrical lamps are made out of alabaster and linden wood. They are hand turned and diffuse a warm led light.

Diameter 18 cm
Height 17
Height 15 cm
Diameter 15 cm
Height 11 cm
Diameter 10 cm

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Linden wood bowl

This hand turned wooden bowl was created for the Chillida Leku museum shop.

Diameter 30 cm

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Alacena de Roble

This solid oak wood buffet was assembled with no screws.

Height 180 cm
Width 160 cm

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Artis Manus pendant lamp

Hand turned wooden and alabaster pendant lamps. It diffuses a warm light that shines mainly downwards but still has some going upwards through the translucent alabaster stone.

Diameter 70 cm
Thickness 0.3 cm

Find Martin Ruíz de la Prada in the itinerary

Madrid: a passion for natural materials
11 locations
Explore Madrid’s craft culture where natural materials take centre stage. This buzzing capital city will tell you a new story of Spain’s natural beauty through contemporary interpretations of traditional, locally sourced or ancestral materials and techniques.

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