Based in Berlin (Germany), the LABINAC collective has been defending since 2019 a design that aims to be ecological and political.
Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves (b.1961) and American sculptor Jimmie Durham (b.1940) founded their design studio in 2019, and since then have created sensory objects, which echo their political commitments. Maria Thereza Alves has always fought for the rights of the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the protection of the environment, while Jimmie Durham has fought for the recognition of Native Americans in the United States. Today, they celebrate craftsmanship, practice eco-design and highlight open-plan creation.
Both by the gesture and by the choice of materials, Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham wanted to develop responsible design, which is inseparable from their ecological and artistic research. Many of their creations are inspired by organic forms of nature and made with raw or salvaged materials.
With their “Glass”, “Iron”, “Stone” and “Wood” collections, Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham design sculptural and poetic pieces of furniture, working in particular with glass, metal, stone and wood. Composed of a chair, two tables and shelves, the “Iron” collection combines metal with stone. In the "Wood" series, it is wood that is in the spotlight. Jimmie Durham made tables and benches by reusing old lumber or timber from recently fallen trees. For the “Glass” collection, Maria Thereza Alves works glass with the same finesse as the master glassmakers of Berlin Art Glas (Germany) and obtains delicate shapes that seem elusive.
With each of their collections, Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham engage viewers in a reflection on their relationship to the world.
To learn more, visit the LABINAC site.
Visuals: © LABINAC