philosophy

Radical Mechanical is rooted in the principals of creativity born from found objects.  We believe in the spirit of building with what is readily available, and apply this point of view to our work.  This approach is aptly articulated by Claude Lévi-Strauss in his description of The Bricoleur.

(The bricoleur)…is adept at performing a large number of diverse tasks; but, unlike the engineer, he does not subordinate each of them to the availability of raw materials and tools conceived and procured for the purpose of the project. His universe of instruments is closed and the rules of his game are always to make do with ‘whatever is at hand’, that is to say with a set of tools and materials which is always finite and is also heterogeneous because what it contains bears no relation to the current project, or indeed to any particular project, but is the contingent result of all the occasions there have been to renew or enrich toe stock or to maintain it with the remains of previous constructions or destructions.

The set of the ‘bricoleur’s’ means cannot therefore be defined in terms of a project. It is to be defined only by its potential use or, putting this another way and in the language of the ‘bricoleur’ himself, because the elements are collected or retained on the principle that ‘they may always come in handy’. Such elements are specialized up to a point, sufficiently for the ‘bricoleur’ not to need the equipment and knowledge of all trades and professions, but not enough for each of them to have only one definite and determinate use. They each represent a set of actual and possible relations; they are ‘operators’ but they can be used for any operations of the same type.

 

Hopper - The drawer pulls on this piece were molded from ash turners in an old fireplace.
 
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