Antigua is a city of Guatemala, famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of debris of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2017 summer, along with a group of Pratt students and professor Rebecca Welz, I went to Guatemala to collaborate with local artisans for creation. This foldable stool is credited to several talented local artisans, versed in both weaving and wood work.
Without using advanced engineering technologies, the artisans made extraordinary things with only their hands and limited tools. I came up with the original design after wondering around the Antigua city. I don’t speak Spanish, but the artisans and I could still communicate over the idea with the sketches and hand gestures, and made some modification depends on their experience.