Chilean designer Paula Corrales’s recent project, Lamps from Chile, employs traditional weaving methods using horsehair and vegetable fiber.
Corrales‚ 29‚ is motivated by technique. Whether done by hand or high tech‚ the manufacturing process is an essential part of the design experience for her. A prime example is her recent project‚ Lamps from Chile‚ which she produced in collaboration with fellow designer Mitsue Kido‚ after studying the craft of artisans in the Maule region.
A standout in the collection—the delicate Crin Weaving Lamp—employs traditional weaving methods (consisting of a concentric crisscross of horsehair and vegetable fiber) typically used to make decorative tabletop figurines and jewelry‚ but on a much larger scale.
Corrales credits her years working for the gt2P (Great Things to People)‚ the renowned Chilean design studio‚ for helping her navigate the international design scene. In October‚ she will co-lead the British Council’s Crafting Futures initiative in Chile.
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