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Calor Side Table
Colombia, 2023
Manufactured by Fango Studio
Coffee tree sticks structure, Fique fiber, Charcoal

Measurements
41 x 35 x 43h cm
16,1 x 13,8 x 17h in

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Concept
The Calor Collection aims to showcase the technical and aesthetic potential of the fique plant through a series of pieces, exploring the use of the material. The dry seasons of recent years have been causing numerous wildfires in forests and jungles around the world, prompting some communities to implement different strategies to slow forest degradation. In Colombia, it has been found that the fique plant, a member of the Agavaceae family that is distributed throughout Latin America, proves to be a useful element in combating the spread of wildfires and stopping vegetation loss. This plant has fire-resistant qualities due to its high water concentration in its leaves, which create a natural barrier that acts as an obstacle, thereby halting the progress of fire. Traditionally, the fique plant has been used in Colombia to create crafts, ranging from traditional coffee sacks to carpets and accessories in the fashion industry. In the process of extracting and combing fique fiber, waste is generated, known as « residue oakum» which has become the primary material for the Calor collection. In the creation of the pieces, Fango transforms the residue oakum from fique into a « mash » which we use to cover various volumes, providing rigidity, and then cover it with a natural pigment based on charcoal powder.


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Francisco Jaramillo (b. Medellin) is an award-winning Colombian designer who turns to local materials for his furniture, resulting in pieces that are uniquely Colombian. In collaborating with local artisans and imparting his knowledge of process and material through teaching, he has helped shape a design culture that does not derive its methods solely from Western or international influences.

Growing up in Medellín, Jaramillo was always looking to the sky to derive shapes from cloud forms, and today, his design continues to be inspired by his surroundings, turning to local materials rooted in place. After finishing his university studies, the designer traveled to Barcelona to specialize in furniture design at ELISAVA, working with designers who influenced his work with local materials. Upon returning home to Colombia, he launched Fango, which explores the relationship between man, context, and object, combining technology with artisanship to craft collectible furniture driven by a clear narrative.

As a result of his close work with artisans, Jaramillo began studying local materials, developing the Ibuju collection, which rethinks the design and manufacturing of native wooden pieces using a natural, renewable fiber called “Yaré”. The Ibuju stool earned Jaramillo a 2023 Wallpaper* Design Award in the “Best New Weaves” category. The designer has also participated in design weeks around the world, including Dutch Design Week, Wanted Design, Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, and Medellin Design Week.

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