Curated in collaboration with the humanities organisation Lugar Vivo, the Construcciones Domésticas exhibition (Family Constructions) consists of objects starting from tables and chairs to lighting and day beds.
Cervantes informed Dezeen that the challenge was exercised to make clear the ecological results of waste in building, the dearth of choices in reasonably priced, sturdy furnishings and the necessity for architects to free themselves from the “psychological realm of design” and concentrate on making.
“I believe these instances that we live in require us to discover new existence and new methods of configuring our home interiors, extra attuned with the current world financial and environmental actuality,” stated Cervantes.
He added that new values have to be garnered from industrial landscapes and ecological break.
“That is precisely the spirit of Ex Soup, to take discarded supplies and rework them into one thing stunning and helpful to life in a course of that prioritizes power effectivity and sensible considering.”
Cervantes stated that he has been engaged on creating furnishings from salvaged supplies since his teenagers, however solely not too long ago started formalising the observe, founding Ex Soup in 2022.
A lot of the fabric comes from the architect’s each day life, whereas driving or strolling, in addition to from supplies discarded from building websites and given to him by pals.
The title, Ex Soup, is a reference to his most popular supplies: industrial merchandise like metallic and glass that “had been heated liquids of their manufacturing processes and got shapes”.
Initiatives included in Family Constructions include mixes of various supplies stacked to create recognisable types, and lots of had been created with out the usage of glue to create “ergonomic shapes” held collectively by stress.
Among the many works is a espresso desk constructed utilizing metal beams with surfaces created from a discarded mirror and glass.
The work of stress is most evident in a few of the taller items, akin to a desk. Cervantes stacked items of paving stone and PVC piping in two pillars and used strapping to carry up the desktop, which was created from a reused headboard.
Lots of the items are easy and have a brutalist impact, given the metal and concrete used of their building, whereas others are extra vibrant, akin to a divan coated with an expressive weave of scrap clothes.
Rolls of electrowelded mesh additionally characteristic closely within the assortment, at instances serving as helps for a console and at others serving as lamp shades.
Cervantes stated that the items had been meant to indicate the massive variety of mixtures attainable in utilizing these supplies.
“There are some items which are simply replicable since many instances trash is available in patterns, however I’d say I see Ex Soup extra as an limitless seek for new shapes and methods of perceiving supplies, so the main focus is in continually adapting to alter and variation,” he stated.
Different furnishings made utilizing scrap supplies consists of a chair made from old musical instruments by Jay Sae Jung and a sequence of Knoll chairs refashioned with used car parts by Noel Mercado.
The pictures is by Javier Guzman.
Family Constructions is on view at Utïl in Mexico Metropolis from 8 November to January 2024. For extra occasions and exhibitions in structure and design go to the Dezeen Events Guide.