Carved by Mapuche artisans, an indigenous people from south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, the Las Doce tableware collection of wood plates, bowls, and mugs, are crafted using traditional Mapuche technique and designs. Made from a single piece of wood, the artisans hand-carve the outside, and then finish the inside using an industrial lathe.
Made for and available through The Andes House.
Ironically, trees, which are possibly the most universally agreed, to be threatened natural resource, its wood, has also become the favored and expected material of the Eco and environmentally conscientious. To often those designs lack any of the organic personality its once living parent tree may of had. The wood is claimed to be the primary focus of the design, but hardly are its details more interesting then its newly prized, “sustainable” consumer friendly title.
I love this collection because it is uniquely graphic, visually beautiful, and yet so much about homage to a culture, and thus a great respect to its place of origin.