EVERYDAY CEREMONY
by Ferréol Babin

A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. It may mark a rite of passage in a human life, or an annual, seasonal or recurrent event. Most of the time, it includes a whole set of tools and gestures, and is a physical action with a spiritual goal. “Everyday Ceremony” is a collection of wooden objects that surround the basin to create an immersive place. A set of minimalist tools is designed to be collective while each individual item also bears its own unique importance. They take inspiration from either religious elements (e.g. the altar), social traditions (e.g. the tea ceremony), or functional constructions (e.g. the tool chest). It is, indeed, a “functional altar for the daily life” that uses all our senses: the good smell and the warmth of the wood, the visual beauty of its grain and patterns, and the physical sensations of standing barefoot on the carved mat or holding the wooden hand mirror.