As a free artist Paul Salet (1956) is working all his life with used materials, wood and found objects. In 2015 he started a series of chairs, named SOURIS. These were existing pieces but seemed to have lost their value. That is the starting point for the sculptor to liberate a chair by carving and sculpturing within the boundaries of the original. The result is a light, but functional and strong piece of furniture, once again in touch with its origin, the forest.
Paul spent his childhood in the woods of Brabant, The Netherlands and in the factory of his grandfather where oak furniture was produced. He loved the trees and the smell of wood when craftsmen were working with it. It never left him, though he studied and practiced social psychology in Amsterdam.
He finds his inspiration in nature itself, the driftwood on the beaches and in the streets of the city where old furniture and ready-mades can be found.
He decided in 2010 to completely dedicate his working life to wood, furniture and sculpture.
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.
He started his Objet Trouvé and in 2016 the name of the atelier was changed into PaulSalet.
Working together with sculptors and craftsmen like Moussa Seydi, Jack Weers and Theo Salet is a great thing and a promise for future projects.