Slow Design: Soulful Handmade Goods from Dora Daar


We first took be aware of Barcelona-based design studio/artistic company Dora Daar after we stumbled upon their Oráculo Carpet, a round woven rug that wraps across the base of a tree. It was designed by founders and finest mates Nat Sly and Pepi de Boissieu after a visit to Senegal, the place it’s widespread to see households collect below the shade of a tree. “[It] was their place of reunion,” they are saying. “Underneath the cover of the timber, every day dramas and shifting love tales have been performed out.”

This consideration to the poetry in human-made objects is obvious in all of the merchandise they’ve curated for his or her on-line retailer. The gathering is spare—simply 23 gadgets and three workshops (one on how one can create altars, one other on astrology, and a 3rd on meditative drawing)—however each single factor feels thought of and well-made (the 2 collaborate with artisans, who execute their concepts).

From their web site: “We intention for and deeply imagine in altering the way in which we produce and devour. All of our initiatives are regionally sourced and sustainable. We’re engaged with the human beings that manufacture every of our items and subsequently dedicated to honest commerce. We imagine that that is the brand new luxurious, one that’s produced actually, in truth, with actual time and thought put into every venture.”

Under, a number of our favorites from Dora Daar.

Chair Duvets

the duo designed the nube casamance as soft duvets for chairs (
Above: The duo designed the Nube Casamance as gentle duvets for chairs (“nube” means cloud in Spanish). The embroidered material is made by a group of ladies in Casamance, Senegal, the place these materials are historically used to wrap newborns.

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Above: The cotton and wool Nube Casamance pillows are €180 every. {Photograph} by Claudia Maurino.

Bread Baggage

these patchwork bread bags are called
Above: These patchwork bread luggage are known as “Allow us to break bread collectively.”

Above: The “Allow us to break bread collectively” luggage are made by girls in Portugal; €35. The rattan hooks, designed by their good friend Marc Morro, are additionally bought on the location.

Wall Cabinets

the pair found the wooden wall shelves in portugal.
Above: The pair discovered the wood wall cabinets in Portugal. “They have been known as ‘Bica do Papagaio’, which interprets into ‘Beak of a Chook’, in all probability as a result of every shelf would stand proud of the wall and, at evening with candlelight, resemble a beak.”
dora daar wall shelf
Above: The Bica Shelf can be utilized to carry candles, small ornamental objects, or mundane issues like a roll of bathroom paper; €40 to €50.

Hand-Painted Plates

Above: Hand-painted terracotta Spring Plates are made in Portugal “by Joao”; €45.

Brass Candleholders

the helios selene applique candleholder was designed in collaboration with apr& 17
Above: The Helios Selene Applique candleholder was designed in collaboration with Après Objet. {Photograph} by Apres Ski.
the brass helios selene applique candleholder is made by artisans in portugal;  18
Above: The brass Helios Selene Applique candleholder is made by artisans in Portugal; €160.

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