New IKEA collaboration has Latin America and celebration at heart
Designers of different disciplines, artists, an architect, a ceramicist, and a chef. These are the creative forces set to share their perspectives on celebration and Latin America in an upcoming IKEA collection. We spoke to two of them, Mexican textile designer Marisol Centeno and Colombian fashion designer Nicolás Rivero, about what celebration means to them and how they’re weaving it into the collaboration.
In Mexico, we love to celebrate and be together. Everything is a good occasion for gathering. And our festivities and traditions are as diverse as our inhabitants.
The art of celebration in Mexico has been conserved, not least through various religious and colourful ceremonies. Growing up in Mexico City, one of Marisol’s own earliest memories of a celebratory event was her older sister’s first communion, a Catholic tradition and rite of passage.
“It was the first real event for me that was a little more sophisticated, in a nice restaurant with waiters and special table settings”, she recalls fondly. “Most of the invited people were kids, so we were just playing around with some brooms and making a lot of noise. It was amazing. I had a lot of fun that day”.
Bringing the contrasts of the Andes to home furnishing
You can’t speak about one Latin American culture, because it holds so many things. But there’s a warmth I think Latin America, not only Colombia, has to offer the world.
Engaging new perspectives in design
- Marisol Centeno, textile designer, Mexico
- Liliana Ovalle, industrial designer, Mexico
- Nicolás Rivero, fashion designer, Colombia
- Diana Ordonez, artist, Colombia
- Alvaro Cavijo, chef, Colombia
- Abel Caramco, product designer, Chile
- Trini Guzman, artist, Chile
- Catalina Zarhi, ceramicist, Chile
- Felipe Assadi, architect, Chile