At first glance, the products being produced by TheAndesHouse® are rough cut and made from natural materials and may lack the finesse or high detail to be considered modern. Upon further looking and admiring, these pieces have an amazing modern organic feel with the details being in the materials themselves.
TheAndesHouse® created is first line, madeinMIMBRE©, near the end of 2006 and today is recognized not only in Chile, but around the world for being a firm with a new proposition in quality design. One that attempts to rescue and preserve the identity of the country as well as the knowledge of Chilean artisans.
Through the investigation of different materials that are utilized in traditional artisan design, including copper, wool, clay, and wood, TheAndesHouse® chose a basic material that can be found in 80% of the homes in Chile, wicker, to create the line of products under the brand madeinMIMBRE ©.
This line of utilitarian products; fountains, plates and mugs have been designed and developed from an own technique of the Mapuche people. The piece is worked like an sculpture by Mapuche artisans, and made functional through an industrial workplace. From a piece of wood, the artisan works out through the cut, and inside the room is emptied through an industrial lathe. The Andes House develops a line of container objects two ways of boosting production.
Wanco by The Andes House is a new version of the traditional bank or seat created by the Mapuche people. Made with native woods-coigüe raulí and-lingual, high strength, the carving process is carried out in one piece. The proposal is to redesign the shape of the original model and make more efficient use of materials and sustainable management of wood.
Copper is a mineral that is traditionally exploited as a material first and not as a product. With this in mind TheAndesHouse® is beginning to develop prototypes of watches and wall mirrors, working with the materials to create a departure from traditional straight lines, to triangular pieces with distinctive faces and reflections. The idea is to create the proposition that objects are meant to be viewed contemplatively and not with a direct use. The various bends and folds present the possibility that the object varies its opinion depending on the distance and the light that exists.