"Balsa specializes in the design and production of objects made from natural rattan, not only because we love its very special and characteristic personality, but also for being one of the most sustainable materials in furniture production".
Balsa is a Mexico City based design studio founded by Christian Vivanco in 2019, collaborating with master artisans practicing traditional techniques at risk of disappearing, creating unique and timeless furniture made out of rattan.
FOUNDER + ARTISANS
LOCATION: Mexico City
MATERIALS: Rattan Fiber
TECHNIQUE: Weaving natural fibers
IMPACT: Helps to preserve traditional techniques in danger of extinction.
We believe in the value of the real and authentic, of the unique and unrepeatable, for this reason we have partnered with experienced Mexican designers capable of creating new classics exclusively available at Balsa.
rattan molding technique
The artisans use 10 mm wicker rods, and shape them with steam, to introduce them to pine wood boards that function as templates.
These pieces should be left to dry for about a day or two, then unmold them and begin the weaving process.
We decided to bet on the value of hand-made, for this reason all our pieces are created, one by one, over several days, by families of master craftsmen experts in weaving natural fibers.
WE WORK WITH
artisans and designers
To develop together, joining forces and sharing skills, pieces of furniture and objects that accompany you throughout the years.