This is a furniture collection made out of Mimbre de Cuenca, a natural fiber very similar to wicker or rattan, originary from Spain.
This material has been used to create quotidian objects and furniture from ancient times. Its traditional main appliances were to craft baskets, chairs, armchairs, sofas, cots, lamps, hats, and different domestic tools. Despite it lightness, it is a very strong fiber, but regarding to furniture making, it needs a structure to be supported. It used to be a wooden structure very similar to the ones used in non-mimbre furniture.
With this set of a chair and a stool, we try to rethink the way this material is used, so that we can make the most of it in both designs.
Duler is a chair with a very simple continuous metallic structure that forms the legs and the back, from where the seat is hanging. The idea was to create a single shell of mimbre, woven in a way that allows the seat and the back to be a continuous structure as well. The most special issue about this chair, and the most beautiful at the same time, is the complexity of the weave, and how it meets the structure.
Thumi, on the other hand, represents a different way of bringing tradition to modern times. With this piece, we study how to give a new condition to the traditional mimbre basket.
Thumi is a basket that can be used in several ways. Different legs make it possible to achieve different heights so it can become a stool, a low table or just a special object used for storage.
The proccess of weaving the mimbre takes time and requires years of experience to get a perfect technique. Our designs have been crafted by highly skilled artisans in Cuenca, an area of Spain with a very strong tradition of mimbre-work.
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