Mexico 2018 – Mexico City-based design studio David Pompa created META, a set of cylindrical pendant lighting designs made from volcanic rock and coated aluminium. The lamps emphasize smooth yet sharp aesthetics with a monochromatic palette of tones and Mexico natural richness and centenary craftsmanship.
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“The project was born out of the material itself.” Says David Pompa to Archipanic. Recinto is porous volcanic rock made from lava solidification. “The material is closely related with Mexican heritage. Indeed, it has been used in different objects for hundreds of years already, such as Mesoamerican and pre-Columbian sculptures, and molcajetes”, typical bowls used to grind avocados.
“There is a surprising magic in traditional materials when combining them with new techniques and contemporary ideas. You can push a materials to the limit of its potential by challenging the ways of production”.
“Our approach to design always starts with materials, we make an extensive research and based on the qualities of the material we start developing the form.” The timeless heritage of volcanic stone meet the contemporary imprint of aluminium as well as minimalistic aestethics.
The merge of finishes turns the META pendant into a dark smoke delight which becomes a sculpture on its own and creates a light architecture when set in a cluster of many. Dark toned nuances enclose the warm light cone that strikes the surface below. The result is “an enigmatically statement brought to its minimum”.
David Pompa founded his showroom and production in Mexico City and created a team of designers, engineers and makers based in Mexico and Austria. “Our collections embody the ethos of innovating Mexican craft and materials while respecting its heritage. We are on a constant journey to discover new parts of its culture, finding intriguing aesthetics to create objects with character.”
All photos: courtesy of David Pompa.
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