Guatemalan style and design studio Cinco x Cinco used a combine of present-day and artisanal tactics for its 3rd collection of furnishings, The Sum of Compact Parts, which won the optimum honour at Design and style Week Mexico 2022.
Conceptualised during the Covid-19 lockdowns, The Sum of Modest Pieces comprises a chandelier, bar cart and chair.
The collection, which can be absolutely disassembled, functions chrome structural features and a blend of regionally crafted artisanal products to evoke the emotion of a playground, “particularly the shabby metallic buildings that are located in any Latin American park”, the studio explained.
The Sum of Little Parts chandelier is made from a series of curved chrome bars that terminate in a compact bulb. From the chrome bars hold “pendant charms” created from Chinautla clay, a Guatemalan products produced by artisans “residing in a ravine, isolated from industrial manufacturing”, the studio claimed.
The bar cart features far more curved chrome with 3 trays created from conacaste wood, indigenous to northern Guatemala, though the chair options a easy skeleton composed of semi-round bars clad with cotton fibres.
Cinco x Cinco incorporates 5 designers from different disciplines, including anthropology, architecture and visual artwork.
“There are five distinctive voices, but together, most people can carry anything to the table,” photographer Manuel Rionda explained to Dezeen. “As extensive as we have the exact vision.”
The studio prioritises elements made with Guatemalan artisans and collaborated with above 30 makers when doing work on the collection, utilising the community engagement know-how of staff member Maria Cecilia Diaz.
“One particular goal we share as a collective is to innovate Guatemalan handmade and industrial strategies, demonstrate what Guatemala can convey to the layout scene and produce purposeful, sustainable style with impact in the artisans’ communities,” architect Esteban Paredes told Dezeen.
When the artisanal component is at the forefront of the assortment, the group added that the a lot more modern factors really should be thought of craft as well and that its purpose was to transcend the stereotypes normally attributed to crafts.
“Even these industrial sections that we manufactured can be regarded as craftsmanship mainly because it truly is performed by human fingers,” designer Sofia Contreras-Paredes advised Dezeen.
“And combining that with the craftsmanship is just showing that issues will not will need to be designed with a cultural purpose. You can do fashionable structure and essentially problem yourself and the artisans to make one thing new.”
In addition to Diaz, Paredes, Rionda and Contreras-Paredes, the group consists of Mauricio Contreras-Paredes, a visual artist and anthropologist.
Other furniture collections that integrate organic elements consist of interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s collaboration with Mexican stone company Arca.
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The photography is by Achach Fotografía.