We are Colectivo Tlama, a group of 6 young mexican designers Mariana Aguila, Irene Rojas, Alejandra Pimentel, Alejandra Rodriguez, Estefania Robles and Cecilia Ezquerro, along with a teacher and Swiss/Spanish designer, Francisco Torres. “Maria Bonita” and as well got inspired during the celebration in 2010 of the Bicentennial Celebration of Mexican Independence and Centennial Celebration of Mexican Revolution, when we wanted to reflect an important and cultural aspect of Mexico in series of products. Maria Bonita is featured right now in the latest destination collection at MoMA Stores, Destination: Mexico. Subsequent to Maria Bonita’s achievement, we made an alliance with the design gallery, Ediciones Jalapa, in Mexico City to re-design a limited quantity with higher standard qualities
Ever since the first steps of Maria Bonita this is what we proclaim:
Maria Bonita collection is the result of the collaboration among Mexican traditional artisans and young industrial designers. The goal is to achieve a successful connection between contemporary typologies and traditional craftsman techniques. It was inspired by popular knitted rattan baskets found in most markets, reflecting the heritage of a tradition that is unique to Mexico.
A stools and a low tables are made of pinewood or nogal walnut and knitted rattan.
To achieve this whole process we attended with the artisan Fausto Ramírez from the town of Tequisquiapan in the state of Queretaro, whose talent, imagination and disposal made Maria Bonita possible.
The pictures were taken by photographer Fernando Etulain and also by ourselves, Colectivo Tlama.