The Hacienda chaise is one of the most recent pieces to be developed for the Esrawe Studio furniture line.
As the name suggests, the piece takes inspiration from the furniture found in buildings constructed during the colonial period in Mexico, most commonly in rural areas. The design and spirit of this kind of furniture forms part of Mexican character and cultural identity, evoking with reminiscences of country life and customs.
One clear historical reference for the Hacienda chaise is the butaca or Miguelito: a style of comfortable chair that was common in colonial homes throughout Latin America. The archetypal form of this chair provided inspiration for pieces by different designers and architects both in Mexico (such as Clara Porset, William Spratling, Luis Barragan and Michael van Beuren) and in Europe (Josef Albers, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Hans Wegner).
The design of the Hacienda chaise is enriched with some of the features of the traditional butaca, albeit with a contemporary approach and language. The piece is solid and robust in character, yet its design has been freed from ornamental detail. This defines the expressiveness of the piece and informs its construction.
Design: Hector Esrawe
Materials: Solid wood and leather
Photography: Jaime Navarro
Hector Esrawe (Mexico DF 1968) Industrial Designer by the Universidad Iberoamericana (1992), began his career as an independent designer under the Esrawe Studio firm. Founder and member of Nel Collective, he was also an Industrial Design professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1998 to 2002), founder and former Director of the Industrial Design Bachelor Program at Centro de Diseno, Cine y Television (Design, Film and Television Center) from 2003 to 2005, and current member of the editorial board at Arquine Magazine. Among his designs are arts and crafts products and interiorism projects. Hector Esrawe has been a guest speaker and has led workshops in Mexico City, New York, Prague (Brno), Helsinki and London. Won the Good Design Award 2012 for the Field Table. The Tori Tori restaurant, done in collaboration with Rojkind Arquitectos, has been awarded People's Choice 2012 AZ Award in the Architecture and Commercial Under 1000 sq.m. category, ArchDaily's Building of the Year 2011 award in the Hotels and Restaurants category and winner of the Best of Year Awards 2011. Winner of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseno (2010) in the Interior design spaces category and special mention at the Interior Design Magazine's Best of the Year Awards for