KA is a set of auxiliary furniture that pays tribute to the nopal, an iconic plant from Mexico. Even though it’s unique, it is not well appreciated by people. The collection was designed during the project of Apasionada Maquinación, that seeks to create products machined in a production line in less than ten minutes, creating a unique experience for the user.
Material experimentation was key for the development of the project, so polyurethane foam was used as the main material of the product. The main objective of this project was to rethink the way furniture is seen and used, so as an object is introduced in the foam, it creates conversation and intrigue of how a product can be used.
In the other hand, a craft technique had to be modernized, so the spinning technique was reinterpreted and combined with the lathe, so that the thread could be rolled over the wooden leg, alluding the Prickly pear found on the nopal plant.
Pictures taken at the Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico.
/ manufacturing process.
/ project mentors: Alejandro Díaz, Juan Leñero and Manuel Borrayo.
/ materials: polyurethane foam, pine wood and steel.
/ dimensions (variable): 37 x 37 x 35 cm, 45 x 37 x 45 cm, 55 x 37 x 55 cm.
/ status: production upon request.
/ photography: Mijali Posada.
/ video: Paulina Alva.
/ professors Semester i
- Alejandro Díaz, Experience Design
- Juan Leñero, Models and Prototypes
- Manuel Borrayo, Advanced Digital Modeling
- Giovany Gil, Manufacturing Processes
- Óscar Jiménez, Design and Innovation
- Alejandro Rodríguez, User Centered Design
/ workshop specialists
- Raul de la Torre, Wood Lab
- Joel López, Wood Lab
- Roberto Chávez, Metal Lab
- Josué Aceves, Metal Lab
- Fernando Dávila, Plastic Lab
- Luis Campos, Rapid Prototyping Lab
- Mauricio, Warehouse
- Jaime Quesada, Warehouse
- Novaera, Foam
- Maquinaria Leñero, Metalwork
- Tedima, Lathe work
- Maderera El Cerezo
- Mercería Santa Tere
- Herso Metales
- Metales Machina
- AMB Poliuretano