the media : iron

By eliminating the imperfection of the human hand and local flavors, we lost the very soul of the material and got only its sterilization. Today’s irons are highly performing, but weak in spirit.

A material so common yet mysterious, iron now holds in our lives a place without shine. Only a few centuries ago, however, he who possessed the secrets of ironworks — smelters and blacksmiths — enjoyed some authority, a special status and the protection of those in power. The quality of the metal varied a lot depending on available ores and techniques. He who had access to a tough steel that cut well forged a name for himself and his descendants.

With the scientific approach and the development of refractories, the understanding, the treatment and transformation of the products of iron were mastered to a point where the only competition remaining, on large scales, is of economical nature. This being said, by eliminating the imperfection of the human hand and local flavors, we lost the very soul of the material and got only its sterilization. Today’s irons are highly performing, but weak in spirit.

Mathieu Collette has had feelings for the nobility of iron as far as he can remember. First unaware of the reasons, attracted without understanding towards fine materials, then thanks to his learning a trade — blacksmithing — allowing him to see the implication of the human hand in a job well done.

Today he is devoting his career to honoring iron in all of its splendor through the incarnation of his creations, making objects that tell tales made of iron, with the help of the most important craft in history.

Reinterpreting forged objects


With the Industrial Revolution, the manufacturing of iron objects was made simpler and cheaper, giving easy access to users of tools, weapons and hardware. Starting about a hundred years ago, blacksmiths have been more or less relegated to the world of nostalgia.

They have however left us an impressive heritage of techniques, a culture and aesthetics that are impossible to fully grasp and that have barely been visited today.

The blacksmith Collette thus started to march on a path where he explores this cultural and technological gold mine, rediscovering assembly and shaping techniques, as well as notions of aesthetics that are the offspring of traditional blacksmithing.

By the material’s own voice, he intends to let each object tell its own tale : from its making to its use.

Discover what shall be created from blacksmith Collette’s fire.

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For nearly 3000 years, blacksmiths made everything, by fire and anvil, that was made of iron in societies that knew this metal. From the pioneer’s axe to the soldier’s gun barrel, without its blacksmith, a village did not exist.