For the Wallpaper* Magazine 2013 Handmade series we were asked to design an object and for some unknown reason choose a kayak; we had no experience of designing anything even remotely similar. Like aeroplane wings, boat hulls often have an intrinsic beauty where form truly follows function. They become wonderful objects in their own right, whether they fly, float or not.
The kayak was made by Sekani which is run by an Anglo-Polish family living in the Algarve, Portugal. The hull is wood composite – 5mm thick cedar strips formed over a skeleton of the hull shape and then encased on both sides with GRP. The result is both extremely resilient and light: the complete kayak is 5.6m long and weighs 12kg.
Client: Wallpaper* Magazine
Built by Sekani Kayaks
Team: Alexandre Pachiaudi
Photos: Fernando Aldo