Panoramica‘s Materiality collection is marked by its elegant and earnest appreciation of common everyday materials. The collective eschewed flashy veneers and artificial finishes to focus on four primary materials – basalt, glass, metal, and terazzo. These humble elements resonate with culture and tradition (basalt is used to create molcajetes – the traditional Mexican mortar and pestle), however the collective breathed new life into them with a fresh and unexpected set of designs.
A beautiful folded copper tray made from a single sheet of metal draws inspiration from origami and the shape of Mexican wind toys. A simple stool made from four dowels and a hemisphere of basalt looks thoroughly modern while referencing the curve and materiality of molcajetes. The collective’s terazzo planter and bird feeder revitalize a material commonly used for backyard laundry units. Each design holds a unique story that does justice to both the nature of the materials used and the cultural context that shaped them.