For this collection, we’ve partnered with Xaquixe, an innovative glass studio in Oaxaca, Mexico. Xaquixe pairs their expert level skill with a commitment to working with upcycled glass and alternative energies.
With studio founders Christian Thornton and Salime Harp Cruces, we began an extended dialog in which we worked together over a period of many months to develop a system to bring our designs to life.
What resulted was a multi-staged endeavor incorporating techniques and processes that were a first for all involved.
At the outset, wooden molds—carved and painted to emulate the piñas in each of the collection designs— were made to serve as a template upon which steel rods were positioned before being welded into a series of custom cages.