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Totomoxtle, 2017-ongoing

It was designed by Fernando Laposse. It is dated 2017-ongoing. Its medium is patterned veneer. It is a part of the department.

Totomoxtle means “corn husk” and refers to the brilliantly colored veneers made from native Mexican corn by designer Fernando Laposse. Once ubiquitous in the farming community of Tonahuixtla, Mexico where Laposse visited as a child, native corn was decimated by industrial farming. Since 2017, he has worked with farmers, agronomists, and scientists to reintroduce native varieties and restore an important local economy.

It is credited Courtesy of Fernando Laposse.

  • Ink Stand (England), 1907
  • silver, silver-gilt, glass.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1995-1-1-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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