With the purpose of acknowledging local Mexican design, a research was made to locate certain vernacular pieces from different cities of Mexico. This research was made to honor, acknowledge and generate a sense of honor and belonging from mexican design. Walking though the streets in the center of Monterrey, the rocking chair named Caracol was found. This chair was created 30 years ago by Tubulares Santa Rosa, a local steel based products manufacturer. The producer inspired in the Thonet Rocking chair.
Vernacular: proper from a specified group or place, local.
The re-design the concept is Old meets New, because the principal sensation of the original chair is comfort, it is represented by a simpler, warm and current design, respecting the emotional quality. The predominant elements are the curves and the way everything flows in harmony, as well as how the back and seat do not cross paths. The material remained the same because it gives the chair an air of weightless, practical and adaptable to Montereyâ€™s weather and history. The new design is a clean and simpler abstraction.
Otala is a rocking chair made from tubular steel. Bent in a representative way to honor the original “Caracol” rocking chair. It is a fresh, simple and comfortable piece of furniture, ideal for terraces and outdoors. The purpose of Atala is to create wellness to the one who uses it. This project was part of the AMD (Abierto Mexicano de Diseño) in the vernacular exhibition, curated by Ana Elena Mallet.
Create a new version of the ordinary ukelele. The challenge was to create it from scratch and model every single component and to contemplate how it was going to be produced. From the smallest screw to the complete body. As well as to create a new original and fun design.
The entire ukelele was created and hand crafted, searching for the right materials for acoustics and resistance. Everything is made from solid maple wood and veneer. The concept is Lightness in Space, because the pine shaped ukelele is reduced but still conserving its form.
Ladies and Gentlemen Studio Challenge Design has the power to shift behaviors and values in ways that reformulate the ways we interact with everyday tasks and technology, even mundane ways. The challenge was to create a new archetype that inspires a healthy relationship with energy, light and habits. Beginning with a functional use scenario, create a lamp that serves its purpose using solar power harvested by the user.
A simple zen and balanced design of a portable night light creates the mood for night time habits that are specific to each and every person. It can be either reading, taking makeup off or just meditating. It fits because it is a dimmer light than the illumination of the bedroom or the bathroom and it helps to bring the body and mind to a realm of peace. It gives the user the opportunity to create a less light invasion at night, a moment to create a state of calm and peace. To create the new habit of cleansing your body before sleeping by entering a better ambiance to put to rest your body and mind.
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Create a chessboard representing two words, and give a new and different meaning rather than the classic one. The two words selected were: Time and History. Three different materials to represent these words: concrete, wood & sand.
Concrete represents how history itself has a damaged and bright past, heaviness of history and decisions. The wooden base represents how time surrounds us. Finally, the sand represents how each piece has its own time and every movement a result in history.
â€œConcrete remains. Wood comes with time.And time is like a handful of sand, thetighter you grasp it, the faster it runsthrough your fingers.â€?