Stumbled upon this fab pop-up in Knightsbridge’s Brompton Road last Sunday when walking through the Brompton Design District showcases. Established in 2007,  it is the leading District during the annual London Design Festival with a dedicated programme of temporary pioneering and innovative showcases.

So, to Totomoxtle:

Totomoxtle is a surfacing veneer for interiors and furniture made with native Mexican corn husks that are naturally colourful (Mexico has over 60 different species of corn!!). Introduced in London by the Mexican designer Fernando Laposse, Totomoxtle uses corn husks that are flattened and glued by hand and laser cut to make marquetry. 

I really admire the creative thinking of designers like Fernando, who are responsible, forward looking and forever inquisitive. Fernando uses materials that are cheap, readily available, and are often a waste or a perishable matter. Besides creating a new sustainable material, the project also raises awareness of the rapid loss of the original species of corn in our globalised world as well as creating employment for the indigenous farmers.

Thus, no waste farming = unique and elegant design!



London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and this year runs across the city through 15-23 September. So do go see and meet the forward looking designers throughout London this week! x