CHAKANA combines modernist aesthetics with traditional artisan manufacturing processes.
Profile of the chair speaks of continuous curves, reminiscence of the bent-wood and tubular bent-steel modernist forms. The hand-carved headrest and swirls are based on common embellishments found in classic European furniture during colonial times.
The organic cotton hand-made weaving combines Guatemalan artisan methods with Inca patterns and imagery, symbols of Andean culture.
The chakana, Inca symbol, depicts the 4 cardinal directions, and the three levels of existence. Hana Pacha: upper world, Kay Pacha: everyday existence world, and Ukhu or Urin Pacha: spiritual underworld.
Partitioning areas, whether home or commercial environments, is always a challenge which results in the loss of usable space.
CAOBA is a modular room divider that enables the user to specifically curate the functionality and space covered. By combining storage and shelving with modularity, it enables the user to store and display in plain sight.
The minimalist connection system allows the product to be mass produced, flat packed and disassembled when needed.
Existing chair designs and lumbar supports do not provide proper ergonomic support for long-term sitting intervals. The materiality and form of most orthopedic products do not enable the users to maintain a correct posture for extended periods of time.
UPBRIGHT is a portable orthopedic lumbar support that provides comfort and correct posture to the user. Disabling the need of an orthopedic chair for having ergonomic support while providing aesthetic values that fit the user’s home and work environment.
STACKABLE & MODULAR DESIGN
Designed for gallery and exhibiting environments. By being stackable, it enables the stool to function as seat, high cocktail table or shelving system for display.
For more than 50 years, Ecuador has been subject of foreign exploitation of its petroleum reserves. Since 1964, Chevron-Texaco and many other north american companies have been responsible of the construction of refineries, the extraction of its resources and the “safe” disposal of petroleum waste. The vast majority of crude oil springs are located in the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana, in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Such provinces, are the reminiscences of the violation of environmental and human rights, which until date, no one has been held accountable for.
During the oil boom in the mid 60s, the Ecuadorian government assigned American company Texaco to apply modern day oil drilling technology in the exploitation of the newly discovered springs in the Amazon rainforest. The company focused their petroleum drilling and refinery construction in the northeast region of the Amazon; where isolated indigenous tribes such as the Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Huaorani sustained a harmonious lifestyle within the region’s ecosystem. Throughout the years, Texaco cut operational expenses that would later develop in one of the worst environmental catastrophes in history. Billions of gallons of toxic waste disposed into water streams, millions of gallons of crude oil spilled and hazardous residues left in hundreds of non-isolated open-air pits.
After 28 years, Texaco removed its workers and facilities from the region. Each oil spring exploited has open-air pits located around the area, which function is to contain the waste that the drilling generates. The correct way to handle this pits, is to cover them with an isolating material that prevents the toxic waste to return to the soil and contaminate the water streams nearby. From the 336 oil springs that the Texaco exploited, there are 880 open-air pits without proper protection to isolate the oil residues. The improper handling of crude oil waste has taken more than 1041 indigenous lives and the disappearance of two ancestral tribes: Tetetes and Sansahuari, all deaths due to cancer.