In “The grain” series, Madrid-based designer Jorge de la Cruz transforms what has been conceived as ordinary into something extraordinary. The series includes “Canisters I” and “A wooden stool”; these simple and seemingly commonplace objects, crafted from Swedish pine, deliver a powerful statement through quality of form and intricacy of detail. The curvature of the canisters and rounded edges (if the term is even applicable) of the stool is something only achievable through handiwork on a natural wood. The unadulterated grain in the wood is a subtle and quiet presence, but the gentle grace speaks volumes. Cruz explains that the purpose of the work is to maximize “the expression of the material and telling the history of its fabrication.” He draws out the wood’s natural texture, highlighting the inherent ridges and grooves by running a wire brush along the wood’s surface to remove the softer wood and revealing the harder grain underneath. One could easily get lost in the labyrinthine complexities of the grain, but in no way is the visual impact overwhelming. Finely calculated yet restrained human intervention is what makes these pieces feel organic and pure, as if a hike into nature’s forests would easily reveal such treasures. Cruz has found a way to transpose a traditional craft onto a modern aesthetic, and the thoughtfulness conveyed by “The grain” series is testament to his art.