Consumption composites

“Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience.”

Susan Sontag

The term ”waste” could have two possible meanings. It could mean something expended extravagantly and carelessly, or it could mean discarded material no longer useful from the result of a process. My master examination project at Konstfack is an exploration about these two definitions and the two realities behind them.

Waste could be a mirror in which we can see ourselves, reflect about our habits, what we consume and the way we live. It is interesting if we could remember how we felt at the moment of buying; was it exciting or did it fulfill some dream or was it just one more thing in the bunch that we already have?  Probably it was full of all kinds of experiences and memories that are no longer anymore.

In exhibition at Konstfack´s Vårutställning 2011
May 19-29
Monday-Friday 12am-7pm // Saturday-Sunday 12am-4pm

Home sweet home

I don’t know how to begin or to explain. At first I really missed you and the village. My journey to a better life began two years ago. It was really interesting meting important people in fancy places. I spend around 30% of my life waiting such a long time in airports traveling from town to town around the world and staying in hotel rooms.
A friend helped me to buy the furniture of my apartment, well she actually chooses it for me she bought also all the things for the kitchen. The room was fully furnished; there were even some pictures and decoration in it I didn’t have to worry about anything. I almost never use the kitchen just to make some simple dinner like crumbled eggs…
We were told life was easy a good job, a nice house, a pleasant life.

Photography by  Carolina Nylund


In colaboration with Carolina Nylund.

"The ergonomic shape of Commodity"

 chaise longue
 In exhibition at Liljevalchs Vårsalongen 2011  28/1  27/3

The manufacture of furniture for its own death sake.
A ludicrous reference of Ikea´s furniture  names trying to seduce the consumer making you forget its end.
Maybe garbage as the new “romantic” material ?
Telephone catalogs lying outside the buildings still in a package …
Built in a piñata technique referring to its own destiny.

Photography by Carolina Nylund

Slag Stol

When I moved to my first apartment in Scandinavia, something that attracted my attention was the slagbord I found it really interesting because at the same time that is a piece with a lot of flexibility is a piece with a basic and simple solutions and construction made with solid pine wood. 
During last term I had the opportunity to discover more about this kind of table and my curiosity grew about it, Now I know that Bruno Matsson made its own version, that it is also in Ikea catalog and in other well known Swedish brands like Karl Andersson and Söner with different variations in details and measurements but keeping the same concept.
A first glance makes me think that it’s the typical design of the functionalist movement but I found slagbords from 1800´s.

My aim with this project was to learn more about the Swedish tradition of making furniture and to explore de idea of “Swedish Design”. I did transpolar the concept of slag to another kind of furniture to be more specific a chair as point of departure to create more dialog. Using other object is a way of making the concept of “slag” more obvious. 
I think that without been in Sweden I have never design a chair like this, this chair was possible because I was immerse in Swedish culture. Many things affect the design processes, ways of thinking, taste, materials, techniques, ideologies and values.

By the other hand, for me as a foreign was easier to see these characteristics of the region and to exaggerate them to make it more visible. Also the idea of a Mexican designer making Swedish furniture makes it more visible in some way it pops up I think that if some Swede make this design the perception of the people could be completely different.
This project was made with the consultancy of Martin Altwegg from Carl Mamsten-Furniture Studies Linköping University and Karin Teyrefors from Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design.

 Photography by Carolina Nylund

Telephone Table

Every year thousands of telephone directories are delivered to every house in Stockholm, most of them are not even pick up from the entrance of the building not even the plastic envelope is removed. They are left at the entrance for a couple of weeks until they are thrown away.

I used these telephone directories to make a table where people can charge their mobile phones.
Telephone table is part of the collection "piñata", furniture made only using recycle paper, cardboard and natural glue. That at the end of useful live can be dispose without any guilty feeling either ecological or cultural.

Ernesto Garcia 2010

Photo Carolina Nylund /Ernesto Garcia

Piñata Furniture

"The idea of the endless cycle of design and production promises a shift in manufacturing processes from the wasteful industrial systems of the nineteenth and twentienth centuries."
Bruce Mau

Furniture made with recycled paper that at the end of useful life can be dispose in the same way as paper; natural glue used goes in the same recycle process that the paper.

I started with a simple piece, a common stool to test the technique and to experiment with structure and finishing details, this first piece was successful, a stool made only from recycled paper and cardboard.

Traditional piñatas copy the form of different characters of comics and cartoons  in an inspirational way but this models are going to be destroy at the climax of braking the piñata this hole act is a kind of catharsis. I decided to use this property in this project making copies of luxurious furniture from the 1800´s.  Furniture that can be dispose without any feeling of gilty either ecological or cultural.
Photography Carolina Nylund / Ernesto García.

Oserí Shelve

Inspired in "Raramuris" a nomad tribe from north Mexico, Oserí shelve is a flexible system that change and fit in the new space each time you have to move.

In exhibition at greenhouse in Stockholm furniture fair 2010   09/02-13/02 

30 years coffee table

 How much does it take to make a coffee table, one week?
In recent times we have lost part of the contact with nature and how complex could be to make a simple coffee table, not only in term of human processes but in term  of nature processes, if we count the rings on this tree we can notice that make this table took more than 30 years.
In exhibition at Studio B3, Barnhusgatan 3, Stockholm 11/2 - 26/2  Mon-Fri 9.00-16.30
Photography Carolina Nylund.

Space & Architecture

For this assignment we were required to design a room about 20sqm for ourselves, a space to relax or to be apart of the world. Vesa Honkonen, our profesor gave us the specific location for this studio, 140km north from Stockholm at the seashore of an island.

I approached this task making a place for contemplation of nature; I worked with the proportion of the entrance to create a wide view of the landscape.

This entrance could be covered with branches to create walls, windows or doors but any of these can be too permanent. My main aim was to create a place that change with the time, a space that can be retaken by nature maybe by moss or a tree.

"news" bowls

Design for Konstfacks julmarknad 5-6 december 2009

Made by hand from recycled newspapers these bowls are inspired in Mexican tradition of making “piñatas”. Mexican children use to brake piñatas for Christmas celebration but once broken they use the broken parts of the piñatas as a container for the candies and the fruit they pick up from the broken piñata.

Ice Hotel

Can temperature be seen? For us the idea of temperature was really important more in this project when we were designing a space made of ice and in witch temperature is around -5 C. A Thermal image has different colored layers each layer represents a specific temperature.

Design in collaboration with Melissa Orozco, proposal of a suite for the Ice hotel in Sweden. August 2009


Retailers use wood boxes to transport the fruit but they use that boxes to show their merchandise at the markets. I build a cabinet where people can storage things and also where they can transport them.


Dimensions: W 240cm D 240cm H 160
Materials: steel sheet finish with electrostatic
paint, OSB and lacquered beech wood
Year of completion:2008
Collaborations: Melissa Orozco
Client: The Design Institution

We made this workstation for designers, architects or any kind of creative people. We inspired in a piece of paper and we give the people the possibilities of customize their own cabinet.


Inspired in a tablecloth, Mantel Table attempt to question the using of a tablecloth becoming in it. Design for the Andreu World design competition 2009.


Here are some of the projects that I lead and participate during the period between august 05 to august 09 when I was working at Esrawe Studio.

Library room in a private house in Mexico City

"Magma" apartment building in Monterrey Mex

Random Sideboard

Amenities for the apartment building Padre Mier in Guadalajara Mex.

Sales Office for the apartment building Performa in Mexico City
Furniture for Langebio National Center for Genomics Irapuato Guanajuato