Amalia, working with local artisans to achieve greatness

June 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Pic: Eggpicnic Design [Paolo Remedy, photographer]

Camila de Gregorio [Chile] and Chris Macaluso [Australia] entrepreneurs and designers from the successful  Eggpicnic Design [firm that sells their creations all around the world] tell us about their new project on working hand in hand with local artisans [Mario Rojas and Francisco Palma] from the evolving rural location of  ChimbarongoChile .

Currently, in the culture in which we find ourselves, many objects have neither symbolic or cultural attributes. However, objects produced in the framework of traditional techniques and materials, are able to establish a connection between who produces the object and the user, developing a link between the material and the technique used for its creation, thus reactivating, specific aspects of culture.
Pic: Eggpicnic Design [Paolo Remedy, photographer]

Amalia by  Eggpicnic is a project that addresses a number of traditional aspects, in which modernity often remain obscured. In the realization of this project, we aimed so that every aspect of the design integrated elements that are part of our cultural heritage. Thus, Amalia is made of “mimbre”, a plant fiber found in Chimbarongo, which is located 160km south of the Chilean capital, Santiago. The virtue of using this material lies in the sustainability of its production process, which is reaffirmed by the project only being produced on demand. On the other hand, the process of hand-weaving the mimbre gives Amalia its form, a particular technique of the artisans of that town that requires a wisdom forged through the years and whose codes should not be corrupted by the demands of modernity. Made on demand [can be shipped], contact Eggpicnic at


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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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