With their minimalist collection of lava trays, Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldaña of Peca Studio bring together ancient Mexican traditions and contemporary aesthetics by transforming volcanic stone into functional and decorative objects.
The material is hand-cut and shaped by Mexican artisans using techniques that are thousands of years old. The raw stone, once a testament to the destructive and creative power of nature, is transformed under the skilled hands of artisans into a meaningful and human creation.
The lava tray collection includes three designs where textures and shapes are as important as the materials themselves. The round and elliptical bowls have a polished surface on one side and a rough, unpolished look on the other, reminiscent of the original texture of lava. A brass accent is added to harmoniously complete the design. Available in sets of three plates, the bowls reveal their complete beauty when stacked on top of each other, aligning their linear grooves.
The collaboration between Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldaña builds on a shared desire to honor the diversity and beauty of natural materials as well as local craftsmanship. Peca Studio, founded by Moretti, is known for its unique ability to work with natural materials and bring nature home in surprising ways. By collaborating with local artisans and designers, the result is a product selection rooted in both tradition and innovation – and the lava trays are the perfect example.
Aesence is an independent art and design publication dedicated to minimalist aesthetics. Founded out of a deep appreciation and fascination, Aesence aims to promote awareness and appreciation of minimalism in art and design.