- Art & Design
The beautiful sculptures and objects of the Mexican EWE Studio are inspired by the rich artisan heritage of their homeland and are at the same time an expression of new media and design languages. Craftsmanship, tradition and timelessness are central here. Together we take a look at their beautiful showroom.
Imagicasa was an immediate fan of the designs of EWE Studio, a design studio based in Mexico City. The studio was founded in 2017 by Manuel Bañó, Age Salajõe and Héctor Esrawe. Although EWE is still quite a young studio, it quickly presented its designs at various art and design fairs including Zona Maco Art Fair (2018 and 2019), Design Miami, Basel, Switzerland (2018) and Abierto Mexicano de Diseño. During the latter in Mexico City in 2018 they held their solo exhibition 'Masa Critica' with which they received international recognition and were catapulted into the design world.
A look inside the showroom of EWE Studio
EWE's main goal is to preserve and promote Mexico's rich artisanal heritage. At the same time, they also want to be innovative in their limited-edition sculptural and functional objects. The pieces, pots, vases, sculptures, tables, etc. that they create are a reflection of tradition, combining different techniques, primitive roughness and empathic materials that appeal to the senses. The history of Mexico is therefore a great source of inspiration for EWE. From this, the designers form new ideas. Earlier this year the studio opened their first showroom in Mexico City in an impressive old dance hall from the fifties. For this they worked together with ESRAWE Studio with which they share the space. The architecture of the space is reminiscent of a warehouse and the wooden ceiling was accidentally discovered under the original low ceiling of the dance hall. Both studios thought this was a beautiful element and so they decided to also strip the rest of the space of excess material and thus expose the natural structural features. In this way they created a very open space where visible structural elements such as wooden beams provide an extra decorative element.
Tradition and innovation go hand in hand
In the beautiful showroom, EWE Studio presents limited-edition (collectible) design pieces. On the shelves you'll find their 'library of materials' which includes glass, marble, stone, wood, ceramics, metal and other organic materials. There are also test setups, scale models, first designs, moulds, inspirational objects and working tools. This will give you a good idea of the studio's working method, approach and style. EWE Studio keeps researching and experimenting as they work with different materials, techniques, suppliers and collaborators in Mexico. Courtesy: EWE Studio