Leyla Asif
Jungeun Han
Soo Kim
Evdokia Savva
Gigi Barker
Yuchen Cao
Katharina Gross
Ana Jimenez Palomar
Anjali Shah
Yangyi Bao
Maylinda Bhakdithanaseth
Flora Bhattachary
Aurelie LeBourhis
Yi Cheng
Noor Fares
Anshu Hu
Kaixi Huang
Hyerim Kim
Dong Kim
Jihye Lee
Poornima Subramanian
Lydia Sui
Jin Zhang

Ana Jimenez Palomar
Masked Furniture

The vibrant, unexpected nature of the Mexican character inspired five pieces of furniture reflecting iconic Mexican masks. Masks are familiarly used in Mexico to embrace the unexpected and often surreal beliefs and behaviour embedded in traditional culture and are characterised into iconic forms.

The elements of the mask, their fundamental concepts and what they stand for, were extracted and analysed in order to transfer them into furniture. By translating the language of the mask into the language of furniture, Ana created masked furniture where the pieces become an exaggerated version of themselves. This collection challenges and then bridges perceptions of traditional extravagant Mexican cultures, with the contemporary reality of a modern, vibrant and powerful economy.