Liliana Ovalle.....Inspired by Mexico City's Homeless!!!

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Inspiration is all around us ....... in 2006, for her graduate degree show at the RCA London, Mexican designer Liliana Ovalle presented a collection of furniture, the Mugroso Series. Inspired by the "improvised" furniture created by the homeless in Mexico City, she continued working on the series when she returned home.


"The Mugroso Series are based on photographic research where I explored the hectic historical centre of Mexico City, portraying scenarios of improvisation and poverty, where people find the ways of putting bits and rubbish together in order to compose functional everyday objects. The objects grow in what appears to be random and sometimes absurd compositions, following no planning or safety concerns. The results are beautiful collages of bright plastic colors and filthy bits of different materials, each one connected differently."


I saw this recent addition to the collection at Design Miami. The theme touched my heart, and I found the piece visually stimulating and beautiful. Starting with a metal frame, adding wooden slats as the base, Liliana "upholstered" the chair by randomly knotting and tying feather stuffed "bean bag pillows" and assorted textiles to the frame. Pillows are one of my favorite "accessorations" and "flooding" this chair with them looks stunning to me!!!! Another amazing piece for a beach house!!!