Monday, April 19, 2010

Furniture Designer: Tanya Aguiñiga

Today I'm posting about a designer and artist who makes remarkable furniture that walks the line between 'traditional' industrial design and art. I was immediately drawn to her work and the amazing textural quality it possesses. Her name is Tanya Aguiñiga and she is a Los Angeles based furniture designer.

She was raised in Mexico. which I think is one of the reasons why her work is so inspired by global and cultural influences. She uses furniture as a way to translate emotions into three dimensional objects that tell a story through color and touch. She encourages users to rethink the objects they use on a daily basis by creating work that explores an objects’ unseen aspect. For example, half chairs that rely on the wall to function and whose image is only complete as its shadow is cast upon the wall.

Here are some of my favorite pieces...

Teotitlan Edition 1 and 2

Named after archeological ruins in Oaxaca, Mexico, the lines that these chairs create evoke the complex patterns and geometry of Mexican textiles and fabrics.

The details are to die for! This is as intricate as weaving from a loom!
My next favorite is a piece called Plaid. It's a table made of steel, walnut veneer and plywood.

Again, the details are phenomenal!

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