On the occasion of the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño in Mexico City (9 to 13 October 2019), ECAL presents a collection of garden furniture and accessories in enamelled steel — popularly know in Mexico as Peltre — conceived by second-year Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of Swiss designer Francisco Torres.
Popularly know in Mexico as Peltre, enamelled steel tableware can be seen on every tables, from the local street corner canteen, to the latest fashionable restaurant, Grandma's dishes or the family picnic set. Peltre’s lightweight, smooth, durable and heat resistance surface as for many decades made it perfect for kitchenware, but other products applications are less common nowadays.
Seeing an opportunity to challenge this industry and seek new fields of applications, second-year Bachelor Industrial Design students of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne are proposing a fresh take on garden furniture and accessories that takes full benefits of enamelled steel qualities.
Being scratch resistant, weatherproof and easy to clean, the enamelled products are keeping it up against the elements. Under the guidance of Swiss designer Francisco Torres, students conceived a range of objects from a simple watering cans, sturdy solar lanterns, playful rocking toy cows, divers plant supports, basic and compact garden tools, multipurpose low tables and resounding cowbells for the backyard menagerie.
The exhibited objects where enamelled in Mexico by the skillful craftsmen of Delta Porceltech, in Polotitlán City, Mexico.
Benoit Chastenet de Gery
Many thanks to all the craftsmen who made this project a reality, most notably Stéphane Berger, Philippe Martin, Pascal Pittet and the apprentices of Lausanne City C-FOR! Training Centre, Lionel Bussioz, master boilermaker and welder, and a very special thank you to Raúl and Mario Domínguez, Rogelio Serda, Laura Romero and their team of artisans at Delta Porceltech for their kind welcome and generously sharing their know-how.
TRÍO by ECAL/Olivia Dall'Omo
Raúl and Mario Domínguez and their team of artisans at Delta Porceltech, Polotitlán City, Mexico.