Free From The West: Meet The Guatemalan Studio Reimagining Central American Design History

Guatemala City-based studio Agnes has imagined a new future for Central American design. Drawing inspiration from a hypothetical evolution—one that occurred without interaction with the West—their collection ‘Living-Stone’ envisages what design could look like in a post-human utopia.

Partners in both work and love, Estefania de Ros and Gustavo Quintana spent two years researching pre-Colombian craftsmanship to establish an aesthetic that they thought fit with their idea of a new future for Central American design. Drawing from their diverse experience in art, architecture, and design, the pair creates work across spatial, furniture, and communication design. They explain that ‘Living-Stone’ is “an exploration of contrast between the past and the future, the still and the living, of ancient materials and techniques in a futuristic context.” Inspired by the radical architecture of the ’60s and ’70s, the pieces uniquely combine traditional craft from the region with contemporary design.

“An exploration of contrast between the past and the future, the still and the living, of ancient materials and techniques in a futuristic context"
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