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Toru
Spain
Jordi Ribaudí was born into a family of industrialists in the Rec district of Igualada. The tannery that his grandfather ran is two streets beyond the old tannery where he has his studio today. Ribaudí graduated in Industrial Design, and since 1996 he directs his product design studio, for many years, he collaborated with the local School of Arts and Crafts, which specialised in the design of leather items. In addition to furniture design, Jordi has also worked for well-known fashion brands, creating a brand experience as a retail interior designer. He is one of the creators behind the REC.0 Experimental Stores, a project born from a desire to recover the old architecture from the remains of old tanneries within his neighbourhood. In 2016, he launched his own furniture production company Toru, making furniture from leather, sourced from the traditional tanneries of his hometown, which have existed for centuries. This inspiration had been with Jordi Ribaudí for 25 years prior to building his brand. His work is a wonderful meeting of traditional making to contemporary finished furniture pieces by maintaining a union between the tanners in the neighbourhood and his family roots. His work is therefore a creation and rebirth of material that has been used for generations.
Creation through manual labour means experimentation. It is something that has a profound connection with my primordial self. For my creation, experimentation, arts and craft are synonymous. With TORU, this way of experimenting leads me to face the materi

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