Masks of Mexico Furniture by Ana Jimenez

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“Los Enmascarados” by Ana Jimenez is a series of CNC-cut wooden furniture that references traditional Mexican masks. All five of the designs are bright and functional as chests of drawers and end tables.

“The Doubleface” represents the age-old struggle between good and evil. The naturally finished side is the good face of the asymmetrical design, standing with all of its legs on the ground. Meanwhile, the green side is the bad face, kicking its legs into the air and wreaking chaos.

Similarly, “The Drunk Lady” cabinet is painted in a bold color and eschews a traditional, balanced look. The red color symbolizes confidence and also perhaps a flushed face, and the design seems to sway to one side as if it could fall over.

Jimenez explains the curious furniture, saying that “The intention was to get a deeper understanding of what it means to be Mexican through the exploration of a craft that defines this. All of this in order to inspire the creation of a contemporary object, without using the mask craft or its technique in a literal way, but as the concept of what it means to a culture.”

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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