Re-fire kit


Part of MUDAC (Lausanne,Switzerland), permanent collection.

Re-Fire-Kit is an object designed to reflect on essential human needs.

A kit designed for manual fire-lighting; it has been produced using contemporary, widely-available sophisticated tools and production processes. This project is emotionally charged and extremely physical; it cuts across innumerable frustrating attempts to identify the perfect equilibrium between the various components.

“When I actually managed to create fire with my own hands, I was overwhelmed by a powerful sensation of self-sufficiency and independence: at the end of the day, what else matters…?”

“Re-Fire is an attempt to re-synchronize with man’s most instinctive needs using contemporary means. Producing a tool that will produce fire obliged me to repeat the gestures of our ancestors, in this case using sophisticated tools that are readily available to all, such as laser cutting machines, CNC routers etc.”

“Let’s start deep in the past, in the very beginning, when man was fighting for survival yet everything was crystal clear, void of superfluous and semantic misunderstandings where ‘things’ were concerned. Starting with this approach, we can bring ourselves back into contact with our inner being that requires the simple things in life, articles that are well-made and essential for our survival; items that bind us inextricably to nature yet also exploit the immense scientific heritage that man has produced over thousands of years”.

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Photo Credits: Delfino Sisto Legnani