Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch are architects from New York and Tucson who established a design studio named in 2003. One of their recent projects is Meeting the Clouds Halfway, a collaboration with Tohono O’odham fiber artist Terrol Dew Johnson. It started as a discussion about the similarities between traditional Native American craft, particularly coiling, and cutting-edge design.
On their website, they explained that “For many generations, the Tohono O’odham have coiled baskets out of desert fibers not only for domestic use but also as a ceremonial meditation that unites art with life. The act of coiling creates form through an intuitive geometric system and iterative movements, building on a set of principles that can be manipulated to create new compositions.” Check out the rest of the pieces of the said exhibition on this page.
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