evangeline pesigan revitalizes artisan craft cultures with banta collection evangeline pesigan revitalizes artisan craft cultures with banta collection
nov 18, 2015

evangeline pesigan revitalizes artisan craft cultures with banta collection

evangeline pesigan revitalizes artisan craft cultures with banta collection
images courtesy of evangelinem pesigan




london-based creative evangelinem pesigan has designed a furniture collection called ‘banta’ that focuses on combining modern production methods with traditional craftsmanship through a collaborative making process that connects design to artisan craft cultures. by engaging artisans to contribute to the development process, these pieces challenge the misconceptions and role of design in growth opportunities to create value around social sustainability.

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playful use of natural and synthetic materials 




this collection features chairs that have been handmade by different artisan communities across the length of the philippine archipelago using local and sustainable materials. to highlight the rare artisanal skills and community engagement, the pieces are bespoke, with the possibility to adjust the size and finish of each to any environment.

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the frame is paired with textiles handwoven by artisans 




the fluid forms and dynamic interwoven lines, along with the playful and skillful use of natural and synthetic materials create a translucent environment within the chair, allowing the user to experience the craft, and connect with the surroundings. the pieces are a modern interpretation of traditional form, reflecting versatility, functionality and sensibility of knowledge and skills distinctly defined by filipino identity. the conceptual aim is a shared experience, experimentation and knowledge exchange of craft techniques that advocate uniqueness of design and quality of craftsmanship transformed into a new cultural meaning.

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the furniture is a result of a collaboration with artisan communities

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tirintas means ‘twist’ in filipino
image © james barnett

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the cushions offer users seat and back support

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detail of chair’s twist

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pista means ‘fete’ in Filipino
image © james barnett



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