La Norestense Chair By Christian Vivanco

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Some pieces of furniture are simply beautiful and functional. Others have a deeper meaning and purpose. The traditional metal rocking chair, still found on Mexican city streets, is certainly one of the latter. A symbol of community and openness, the chair has become a cultural object, especially in Mexico’s second largest city, Monterrey. Whether used in urban or rural areas, the design signifies the need for human interaction and closeness, subtly changing its appearance over the years to reflect the development of the local community it represents.

A study on the classic rocking chair, La Norestense created by designer Christian Vivanco and produced by Los Patrones, aims to not only keep that special feeling of community alive, but to introduce it to a new generation. “Afternoons should not be lost in front of electronic devices, afternoons should be won on the street, watching families, colonies and communities integrate through objects of use that stimulate collectivity,” says the designer.

La Norestense pays homage to the traditional chair, but offers a modern, fresh take on the original concept. It comes with two elements: a black metal frame and a perforated sheet or Tule palm fabric material, the latter handmade by skilled craftsmen in the State of Mexico. Much more than just gorgeous outdoor seating, La Norestense exemplifies the increasing need for meaningful designs that encourage a sense of connection, whether to nature or to others. Photo credits: Christian Vivanco.

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