Wanted design exhibition stool design by Jay Qian

Semuc Champey Stool

In 2017 summer, I attended the Antigua Project which is the third collaboration organized by Rebecca Welz, Professor at Pratt Institute. I worked together with local artisans to fabricate products using sustainable, local materials and traditional craft techniques. The sell of the final design would be donated to preserve local cultural heritage in Guatemala.

Antigua, the old capital of Guatemala, famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. I stayed there for 3 weeks and was honored to have been given the chance to collaborate with the artisans who work with their hands and the traditions of the culture that have been passed down for generations and learn from them.

The wonderful landscape Sumec Champey, an intact lake with vivid color in Guatemala, inspire me with admiration. In the end, I finished my project, SEMUC CHAMPEY STOOL. The pattern which is weaved with beautiful colored gradients mimics the waves of the lake. The structure is simple that is easy for transport and assembly. It is a piece of product which combines modern aesthetic value with traditional handicraft in central America.

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Wood Workshop

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Weaving Workshop

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Semuc Champey Stool is exhibited at "2018 The Antigua Project"  in Wanted Design Brooklyn in New York City.

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Design by Jay Qian