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Sergio Vergara’s Guacamaya Tables Fuse Colombian Craftsmanship with Modern Furniture Design
Guacamayas is a village in the department of Boyacá, Colombia, where traditional artisans manufacture handicrafts from straw and fique. Originally, the material was used for food gathering and in sacred rituals and ceremonies, but today the artisans of the area use it to make an array of decorative objects, such as baskets, dishes, fruit bowls, and placemats. Designer Sergio Vergara was inspired by this traditional artisan craft and he challenged himself to combine the old craft with a contemporary design. His Guacamaya tables are designs that use the same material, with the tables in particular taking shape with a spiral and coil atop a matte black metallic structure. The pieces are also part of the ‘Tropical Glamour Collection’ for Zientte and Artesanias de Colombia.
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