“Ashaki” Bench in pequi wood. The stunning scale of França’s pieces helps draw attention to his message of sustainability. Giving viewers the opportunity to experience the raw power of a tree as a functional object in a home or public space can inspire the creative spirit and instill a newfound respect for the natural world. França manually crafts each piece he designs, sometimes opening grooves in the wood to expose features that the material is unable to express on its own, other times carving it down to rediscover curves that highlight the tree’s natural organic forms.