In his workshop in Casablanca, Moroccan artist Hamza Kadiri leads a team of master craftsmen creating eclectic works of contemporary design with a focus on traditional cabinet making techniques, hand-carving, and innovative self expression. Having grown up amid his family’s multigenerational business in both wood trade and cabinet making, Kadiri frequented the workshops and family warehouses where, from the tree to the furniture, he became familiar with rare species and was introduced to the various gestures, tools and techniques of bespoke furniture making.
Though Kadiri studied business, and briefly pursued a culinary career, his familial background called him back to the world of design. After a few years spent working with interior designers, creating custom furnishings, he opened a carpentry workshop to greater explore his own furniture practice. Beginning with a mixture of classical forms integrated with contemporary styles, he developed a deeply personal visual language where the raw wood dictates the shapes, bends and carving of his ultimate realization.
Influenced by mythology, history, and art, Kadiri’s works are elevated with bold and often extravagant lines that reveal a refined imagination and deep knowledge of the tradition of carving and construction. Each board, before being assembled or sculpted, is analyzed and chosen for its quality and the beauty at its essence. Whether it is precious woods such as ebony, rosewood, lemon tree, amaranth or sycamore, the materials impose their singularity and strength. The particularity of his works is the integration of elegance, practical function, and the mastery over the constraints inherent in its realization.