Artisanal South American design is now available at your fingertips with the launch of Maison Numen, a new online marketplace that celebrates the hand of the maker
BY DEE IVA
After all the recent furore surrounding Britain's vote to leave the EU we're sooo glad to receive design dispatches from the other side of the world.
Maison Numen is a new retail website founded by Venezuelans Jessica Macias (right) and Ana Caufman who are on a mission to bring handmade artisanal craft pieces from around the world to the online market place. Debut collection 'Latin Animae Volume 1' focuses on design from South America, with over 193 pieces by artisans from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, ranging from geometric rugs by Marisol Centeno to woven baskets and Ana Gomez's witty ceramic riffs on fast food containers.
ABOVE: 'Talavera Combo' by Mexican artist Ana Gomez whose ceramic fast food containers are beautifully handprinted using the traditional Talavera technique
BELOW: The 'Enredo Largo Tablecloth' is handwoven on pedal looms by artisans from Chiapas in Mexico and inspired by the skirts they wear
ABOVE: The graphic 'Ares 5 Rug' by Marisol Centeno is inspired by alchemy and sacred geometry
BELOW: Geometry and traditional techniques are also present in the 'Wöwa' basket from Venezuela
The people and stories behind these products are as important to Macias and Caufman as the products themselves. Fusing contemporary design and traditional crafts, Maison Numen's aim is to reinvigorate the fortunes of local craftspeople and to raise awareness of the skills involved in the production of each collection. Short stories and behind-the-scenes footage bring the tales of the makers to the fore and imbue each item with a sense of provenance. Judging by this first collection we're already looking forward to 'Volume 2'...