Columbian designer David Del Valle has released this sexy monochromatic mortar and pestle in collaboration with Tu Taller Design. Dezeen writes Del Valle’s voluptuous forms take cues from an ancient Columbian relic.
The design takes inspiration from the colours and textures of artefacts traced back to the Quimbaya civilisation, found in what is now Colombia and dated between the 4th and 7th century AD.
Many of these household items have smooth, bulbous edges and are finished in a single colour.
Used tho grind and prepare herbs, seeds and other substances, when not in use, the pestle comfortably rests inside or atop the mortar. When fitted together with the mortar turned upside down, the duo resembles a Poporo, one of the most recognizable pre-Columbian products. Del Valle tells Dezeen he wanted to create an object which marries functionality and elegance.
“We want to make an object of interaction, elegance and functionality. Our product is designed for people who like to be creative in the kitchen, in a meeting or at a special moment.”
Available in black and white, this mortar and pestle is made from resin unlike its ancient inspiration, which were traditionally made from gold or copper alloy.
“We do not seek to be literal in our objects, nor to replicate what has already been done, instead, we focus on abstracting and reinterpreting objects for everyday use based on values found in that culture.”
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