Peca creates cylindrical furniture with beech wood dowels
Guadalajara design studio Peca has made rounded tables and footstools with pale wooden cylinders, wool and recycled glass.
Called Loto, the collection was designed by Peca's head designer and studio director Caterina Moretti in Mexico. Despite having slightly different widths and heights, the pieces are all formed by wooden dowels joined together in a circular shape, resulting in a fluted design.
"What started with an exploration using turned wooden rods and the right amount of curiosity – playing around with the possibilities of the cylindrical shapes and the use of positive/negative shapes – became the expressive essence of our Loto collection," Moretti said.
The furniture pieces are made with beech wood that is carved into dowels, which the studio then joins together for structural support.
Tables in the collection feature the wooden fluted edging all the way around and are topped with recycled glass. The glass is made from salvaged clear and transparent window panes in Tlaquepaque, a small town here in Jalisco where many of Peca's pieces are made using traditional craftsmanship.
"We rescued the artisanal technique of fusion glass where several layers of salvaged window panes are fused and melted in a mould inside the kiln and, in the places where heat begins to combine, beautiful organic bubbles are created and unpredictable textures are born," said Moretti.
The transparent glass on the tables, which produces a green-blue hue, reveals the dowel construction and hollow centre.
"In the pictures, it might look like the glass has a greenish tint but it's due to the incidence of light, which is different through a thin glass than through a thick one, and the colour is multiplied due to this," Moretti added.
"A perfect example of this is the ocean: water is clear and transparent but when you see it in large quantities the colour changes."
One table comprises 10 rods arranged in a circle, while a wider version is formed by more dowels.
A footstool doubles as a pouffe and only has the fluted design at the base. The piece is upholstered in cream-coloured lambswool that was woven by hand by artisans in the town of San Juan Chamula, which is in Mexico's high-elevation region Chiapas.
In addition to Loto, Peca has also created shelves made with volcanic rock, dark wooden furniture and sphere-shaped marble candle holders.
The studio was founded in 2007 by Moretti, after receiving a bachelors in architecture at the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO) and a masters degree from Barcelona's Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.
Photography is by Pablo Fernández del Valle.