Wicker Made Modern: Lighting from Chile by

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 27, 2013

Wicker Made Modern: Lighting from Chile

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 27, 2013

Santiago-based Made in Mimbre is a team of designers and artisans who create modern wicker lighting and furniture using traditional crafts techniques.

Mimbre (Spanish for wicker) is one of the most common materials found in Chilean homes; it originates from an area called Chimbarongo, where craftsmen have practiced the art of wicker weaving for centuries. To learn more about the process, see a documentary narrated by one of the studio principals, which provides a visual insight into the company's practice, and go to Made in Mimbre to see the full line and for pricing information.

made in mimbre lights studio

Above: Made in Mimbre produces both pendant and floor lights.

Above: Lampara B (all lamps are named in alphabetical order).

made in mimbre pendants

Above: A pair of wicker lamps.

made in mimbre weaving process

Above: The delicate frames are covered in handwoven wicker.

made in mimbre lamp stack

Above: The finished product.

made in mimbre barn

Above: Wicker storage in Chimbarongo, Chile.

made in mimbre basket weaver  

Above: A craftsman at work in the Mimbre shop.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original post ran on June 17, 2011.



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