cultivating our heart
Handcraft more than ever is a strong direction for the future. Since the two past decades, we have seen an increasing interest in handmade; first to rediscover nearly forgotten shapes and techniques, to associate these manmade objects with industrial ones, then to inspire serial productions with a handmade twist and now, more and more, to map a new road for creation taking into account not only local talents yet also local and sustainable production. A new way to look at history of man and to rethink ancestral knowledge in order to shape rooted, human and smart design for the future.
Nelson Sepulveda, passionate and expert in handcraft techniques, collaborates closely with handcrafters to understand their history, their identity, their knowledge, their material resources and their process of work. He cooperates with them to bring up new designs to the market without forgetting a complete reflexion on their long-term existence to avoid producing for the sake of producing and thus better adapt to the evolution of our society.
With the CITEM, organization managed by the Philippines Government, Nelson Sepulveda co-worked with about fifteen basketry handcraft companies to create design-, human- and market-driven items that were presented last October in Manila Fame and this January in Maison & Objet.
Lamps, sofas, daybeds, carpets, baskets and decoration pieces in wood, in paper or in vegetal fibres such as abaca, rattan, bamboo, seagrass… came to life, bringing our homes tactility and grace as well as a deep sense of belonging.