‘mapuguaquén’ by chilean designer pablo ocqueteau was recently shortlisted in the designboom / macef competition ‘the intelligent hand’.


the identity of chilean design is far from big-name brands and their large industrial factories. it is a country whose traditions and cultural identity are still prominent through the craft-worker’s hands, whose techniques were taught from masters. ‘mapuguaquén’ (mapudungun for ‘sound of the earth’) are speakers which are made from clay and have been formed on a potter’s wheel. it was developed as a proposal to rescue this manufacturing tradition, respecting local identity, but still keeping in mind current contemporary needs.

clay speakers ‘mapuguaquén’ ready to be fired in the kiln

clay speakers inside the workshop