Designed with Edgar Monroy Rodriguez in Malinalco, Mexico

 

Concept - The Templo stool is the embodiment of our collaboration between Pratt Institute designers and Malinalco based master artisans.  It combines a clean and elegant outer form with an ornate and decorative relief carving over the interior surfaces.  By confining the relief carving to the interior, the stool conveys that the carving does not exist to be decorative but that it exists for its meaning.  The wonderful thing is that the carving is beautiful and, like ancient ruins, is there to be discovered.

 

Artwork - The artwork for the carving depicts four Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent god, running up each leg.   They represent north, south, east and west.  The carving continues to the underside of the seat, merging with a variation on an Aztec compass with the sun at its center.