Georges Thevenet, The Artist
Georges Thevenet, originally from France, studied architecture at the University of Lyon. This artist comes of a family of woodcraftsmen and started making small pieces of furniture when he was a young kid. At the age of 26 years, as the intrepid young often do, he left his native country to explore the world, seeking adventures and new cultural experiences.
Until 2006, he worked mainly in the photography industry. Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic being his base, he explored the Caribbean region and Latin America, and was fascinated by the cultural diversity of the people inhabiting the cities, small towns and villages, and especially by the spectacular landscapes composed of exciting coasts, fertile plains, endless mountains and lush tropical forests.
Interested in the history of his new homeland and while seeking to understand its roots, in 2008 Georges met in the small eastern town of La Romana, Dominican Republic, a well-known artist painter who collected distressed wood to incorporate them into his paintings.
The idea of creating art furniture with reclaimed wood occurred when Georges heard about an old house being demolished in La Romana. These houses are very typical of the Dominican Republic. It is common to see an elderly gentleman relaxing in his rocking chair on the porch, backed by the faded turquoise walls of the house, worn by years of sun and sea breezes, nostalgia and images of a bygone era were evoked. To George’s creative eye, the exhibition of the well preserved Victorian details from the first half of the last century stirred tremendously his artistic imagination.
However, looking beyond its plastic dimension, Georges understood that there was more to it than that. The wooden elements of these antique houses, even the modest ones, with its tones of the past and its weathered textures, had an important historical and cultural value, representing a unique heritage. Motivated by the cultural, artistic and business opportunities, he decided to work in association with Jean-Pierre to preserve and reuse this wood, artistically combining its singularities with modern furniture designs. The result is a unique collection of Art Furniture, each piece honoring in its own distinctive way its Caribbean origin.
The unique and stunning custom made pieces made from distressed wood have been well received and acclaimed by the Dominican artists and cultural elite. This success culminated in Georges Thevenet, a French born furniture maker, being the only non-Dominican native to be permanently exhibited in the most prestigious Art Gallery and cultural center in the country, Centro Leon on Santiago de los Caballeros.
Georges is proud to count numerous foreign residents and Dominican traditional wealthy families in Casa de Campo as clients. These people who either live or own vacation mansion in the finest resort in Caribbean have been very fond of his work and his unique pieces can be found in many of these very exclusive villas.