Caracas (2013) & Paris (2014)
Out of frustration from the degrading situation in Venezuela. Carola transformed the Panton chair (a design icon from the 20th century) into a symbol of the “Catuche” slum (an icon of the Venezuelan social culture) by carving its blueprint on the chair by hand and by using advanced digital tools (BCN fab lab).
Pan-tuche was part of “New Territories”, an exhibition that started at New York’s MAD Museum of Arts & Design, then went to New Mexico and Mexico.
Centro Cultural de Chacao, Caracas, 2004
Carola created an artistic installation of playful furniture built on the foundation of interactive design. This idea was inspired on mathematical puzzles made by modular pieces that can be assembled to create different configurations, allowing the user to play with them. The achievement and ultimate goal of this setup is the creative design that maximizes every space, however small, thus creating alternate seating for the amphitheater of the Chacao Cultural Center.
The Tube Lamp was the first design of Carola’s upcycling furniture line. At the time, Caracas was suffering from recurrent problems of shortage of water. Carola decides to install in her apartment a secondary water tank. Thanks to this setback, she came up with the idea to use the tank as a lamp shade along with a cooking pot (specifically used for the Venezuelan soup “mondonguera”) as a base.
“Tripa” in Spanish means “guts” but in Venezuelan expression it also means “inner tube” and “trip”. Carola designed an inflatable multifunctional furniture from reused truck inner tubes, as well as other different elements such as pilates balls and tables.
COÑO ES UN CUÑETE
Directly translated as “Holy crap it’s a bucket”, is the name of a series of poufs that were designed re-using empty paint buckets. This series was given to an interdisciplinary team of architects, artists, graphic and fashion designers, to intervene. A selection of these “cuñetes” participated at the Latin-American Biennial show BID Madrid (2002).