Studio Manuel Raeder
In November 2012, Studio Manuel Raeder began developing the three display structures and furniture that make up La letra E está por doquier (The Letter E is everywhere) with fellow studio designer Santiago da Silva for Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca in the capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where it was first shown before touring to
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura in Mexico City, k.m, Kunstverein München and Galerie Neu in Berlin.
The furniture features seating made out of plastic and wooden stools and upturned buckets, as well as the ubiquitous white plastic Monobloc chairs, which have been reconfigured and covered with woven palm leaf while the modular cake table was produced in collaboration with a furniture factory and local wood producers in Oaxaca.
Two wooden cubic structures display a selection of catalogues and artist books produced by, and central to the practice of Studio Manuel Raeder over the past ten years. Rather than present a straightforward back catalogue in say, the pages of a book, publications are exhibited spatially and integrally amongst collected and found objects, such as pieces of Barro Negro (Black Clay) – a style of pottery originating from Oaxaca, which the designers collected from various encounters with Oaxacan handcraft workshops during their prolonged stay in Mexico and interaction with local artisans and ancestral craft techniques.
A catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition:
With essays by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Regina Pozo, Rodolfo Samperio,
Bart van der Heide; English / Spanish
190 × 250 mm, 140 pages
designed by (Santiago da Silva, Manuel Raeder)
Published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, 2013