A collection of locally sourced dishware and cast iron flatware, that honors a legacy of traditional Meso-American clay pot typologies and the culinary art of tortilla making.
Project: The Good Space Project: Artefactos
Date: Spring 2019
Studio: Product Design 8
This project started with the curiosity for natural materials used for; smashing, prepping and serving home-made food. This project led to researching local craftspeople, manufacturing techniques, food recipes, material design, and global cultures.
Artefactos evolved into a kitchenware typology that nods to the tortilla-making process found in many parts of Mexico. The form language and subtle curvatures were inspired by pre-columbian arts and design.
Inspiration for cookware is limitless, however, it was the community and immigrant cultures of the Los Angeles street/food scene that I found interesting. At times it was homemade utensils or the no-name cookware that intuitively creates profound food moments... Artefactos was rediscovering traditional cookware objects and elevating the design by creating a locally crafted brand and products that bring cultures and people together.
7606 Ramish Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
2802 Elm Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
3001 N Coolidge Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Re-cycled cast iron
Black Mountain Clay
CMF was attainable, sustainably sourced and naturally connected to the earth. Recycled Iron was selected for its durability and longevity so that users can appreciate these objects for years to come. Black mountain clay was introduced to me by Skyler Bolton, a ceramicist who shared its properties and finish with me. I instinctively knew that black mountain clay was the right texture and finish that completed the set.
© MARIO ROSADO 2021