"Kau" Chair

by Angela Damman Mexico

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Estimated production time: 8 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 90x115x83
Limited Editions Material : Espadín plant fiber
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The “Kau” Chair is about “calling to attention” the nearly forgotten ancient crafts and the rapidly disappearing traditions of the Mayan communities of Yucatan. It is a guiding principal for my design, the transformation of traditional craft and materials into unexpected formations to reveal a completely new perspective and appreciation. “Kau” is a manifestation of what we know and what we are about to discover; a connection between light and darkness, a transformation from the usual to the unexpected. The chair took the name “Kau”, the Mayan name for a black bird.

The entire production of the “Kau” Chair is made at our hacienda and at the village iron shop. The structure of the chair is made of iron mesh, which creates the shape and interesting woven appearance. Physical patterns were made for the structure and mesh overlay. Over 2,000 “fur” like fringes were hand-tied onto the iron mesh. The fur is made from the agave espadín plant, which we defiber, wash, comb, and dye, all by hand. The cushions are made from our refined henequen textile woven on a backstrap loom and filled with remnant fibers from the combed fibers.

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Weight 20 kg
Dimensions 120 × 120 × 120 cm
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About the designer

As an artist and entrepreneur, Angela Damman has brought her passion for design and her experience in sustainable product innovation to Yucatán. What began as a six-month adventure with her husband and young children, quickly grew to become a thriving collaboration with talented local artisans. Since 2012, Angela has worked side by side with her artisans, creating luxury textiles and products from native plant fibers. Inspired by age-old techniques of making useful goods from henequen and sansevieria, she spent over two years researching and experimenting with the process to establish new ways of working with the fiber. It has become an ongoing collaboration with artisans in the pueblos of Yucatán, weaving their centuries-old knowledge with her contemporary design aesthetic, resulting in luxury goods made entirely by hand, and by heart.

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