Architect Daniel Valero recently teamed up with a group of Mexican craftsmen to develop a stylish collection that blends minimal furniture with handmade textiles. Dubbed Mestiz, the line consists of skeletal wooden pieces that are dressed up with textured cloths. In addition to serving as decorative and functional objects, the furniture range provides employment for locals and keeps traditional craft alive.
26-year-old Daniel has been collaborating with local artisans in the city of Saltillo since graduating with a degree in architecture. His works blend industrial and artisanal techniques, pulling from his understanding of design theory and traditional hands-on methods of production.
With Mestiz, Daniel wanted to introduce today’s home to pieces that are made in a far more humane and personal way—as compared to machine-produced IKEA furniture for the masses. The collection is made up of items for the living room, molded in Mexican pinewood and draped in knitted textiles produced in the “Sarapes” workshops in Saltillo.
Each piece is unique and wonderfully manages to strike a balance between modern minimalist sensibilities and the colors, textures, weights and patterns of tradition.
Learn more about the Mestiz collection here.
[Via Catalogo Diseno]
Photography courtesy of Jan Kuijt