We love it when furniture can be adapted to different functions, like Catalan designer Guillem Ferran’s chair ‘Distendido’ that turns into a laundry rack. We also love it when design brings back traditional values and adds innovation to a sometimes-dying craft like the seat collection Where Memory Used To Sit by the same Spanish designer. The family-run manufacturer Casa Constante near Valencia in Spain, used to produce the traditional wooded chairs with the seating made from dried grass, but recently suffered from their craft not quite holding up with other, more modern, chair designs on the market. That is where 25-year-old designer Guillem Ferran came in to save these endangered objects from extinction, by re-vamping the chairs to fit the current market. Where Memory Used To Sit is a chair collection made from pine wood and grass, now manufactured by one of the last remaining Spanish manufacturers of this kind of craft. These cute chairs and stools can be bought at Vinçon’s, Barcelona’s famous design store.
Guillem Ferran, together with Gerard Moliné and Artesanía Catalunya (Catalonia Craftworks), is currently working on saving other local handicrafts through avant-garde design. At present, the collection of Where Memory Used To Sit can also be seen at ELISAVA Design School in Barcelona, Ferran’s former school. Via ::Resseny ::Guillem Ferran