Lufa (or Loofah) is a tropical vine that contains a network of xylem fibers commonly used to create natural bath products like sponges. The vine belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, (like squashes, melons and pumpkins), and the fruits can be eaten as fruits — popular in Asia and Africa — or dried to make products.
Mexican designer Fernando Laposee has created a collection of household items that make good use of the sponge-like tropical fruit. He created a fantastic room divider for adding some flexibility to interior spaces. Freestanding and flat-pack, this object was created by cutting and sewing flat pieces of Lufa to a wooden screen.
Laposee also celebrates the fruit’s texture in a desk, where it creates a harmonious contrast with the stark steel that surrounds it. The combination of Lufa and terra-cotta in Laposee’s hot-chocolate set is also delightful – we love how the natural materials create visual contrast while taking advantage of the fruit’s insulation properties.