Calor Candle Holder

by Fango Studio Colombia

600 - 1.000 incl. tax
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Named “CALOR,” the Spanish term for “heat,” this collection draws inspiration from the pressing global issue of wildfires and forest degradation. Recent dry seasons have seen increasing wildfires across the world, prompting communities to seek innovative solutions.

In Medellín, Colombia, the fique plant, a staple of the Agavaceae family found across Latin America, has been identified as a promising ally against these fires. The plant’s leaves have a high water concentration, acting as a natural fire-resistant barrier, slowing down wildfires and preserving precious vegetation.

Historically, the versatile fique plant has been woven into the fabric of Colombian culture, lending itself to crafts like traditional coffee sacks, carpets, and fashion accessories. The crafting process generates a byproduct, known as “residue oakum,” which has been innovatively repurposed as the primary material for the Calor collection.

Francisco Jaramillo’s project emphasizes the fique plant’s technical and aesthetic versatility, culminating in a series of meticulously crafted pieces. These 13 candle holders symbolize a forest scarred by fire, echoing the value of integrating fique plants into forestry. Beyond just highlighting an issue, the collection stands as a testament to the potential of combining sustainable practices with artisan craftsmanship.

To craft these unique pieces, residue oakum from the fique plant is transformed into a dense “mash.” This mash is sculpted around various shapes for stability and then finished with a charcoal-based natural pigment, resulting in a poignant blend of beauty and purpose.

This piece is crafted using natural fibers and pigments and has the potential to undergo color variations.

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Francisco Jaramillo (b. Medellin) is an award-winning Colombian designer who turns to local materials for his furniture, resulting in pieces that are uniquely Colombian. In collaborating with local artisans and imparting his knowledge of process and material through teaching, he has helped shape a design culture that does not derive its methods solely from Western or international influences. Growing up in Medellín, Jaramillo was always looking to the sky to derive shapes from cloud forms, and today, his design continues to be inspired by his surroundings, turning to local materials rooted in place. After finishing his university studies, the designer traveled to Barcelona to specialize in furniture design at ELISAVA, working with designers who influenced his work with local materials. Upon returning home to Colombia, he launched Fango, which explores the relationship between man, context, and object, combining technology with artisanship to craft collectible furniture driven by a clear narrative. As a result of his close work with artisans, Jaramillo began studying local materials, developing the Ibuju collection, which rethinks the design and manufacturing of native wooden pieces using a natural, renewable fiber called “Yaré”. The Ibuju stool earned Jaramillo a 2023 Wallpaper* Design Award in the “Best New Weaves” category. The designer has also participated in design weeks around the world, including Dutch Design Week, Wanted Design, Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, and Medellin Design Week.
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