Creative Mind: Fernando Laposse
The Mexican designer makes a positive social and environmental impact with his London-based practice
Mexican designer Fernando Laposse aims to make a positive social and environmental impact with his London-based practice, which produces kicky design pieces and irreverent works of art from the humblest of materials. Take, for instance, his Totomoxtle veneer, a sustainable type of marquetry created using the discarded husks of heirloom corn. “Totomoxtle is about protecting and preserving our ancestral grains and fostering economic stability for the indigenous communities that are the last guardians of these agricultural traditions,” he says.
Source material: Laposse has conjured eco-friendly furnishings from loofah as well. Sisal, which comes from the agave plant, also figures into his work, most notably Pink Beasts, which he created with Angela Damman for 2019’s Design Miami/. “I believe reactivating plant-based industries that were the norm a century ago is the way forward,” he adds.
“Pink Beasts are about creating a joyful experience to engage the widest audience possible. But behind these fluffy characters there is a powerful story as they are made with Sisal, a fibre made with agave leaves which used to be widely used before the invention of plastics.”Fernando Laposse
Up next: On the horizon is a group exhibition at the Tripostal arts center in Lille, France. “My installation will deal with the history of cochineal, the red dye that is created by crushing small bugs called cochineals, which grow on the prickly pear cactus.”
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A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.