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Citizens of the world make world-class designers. Our new breed of Salvadoran furniture designers is living proof, and a must-see at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, also known as the ICFF, is a yearly event that gathers and showcases the best design of the world. It’s a first for El Salvador, a country better known for political turmoil, gangs and Pupusas. Design has just not been a priority in this country’s past, until now.

Eugenio, Alfredo, Roberto, José, Harry and Claudia. Photo: Rodrigo Tablas

I’m delighted to present this fresh group of yet-unknown, but oh-so-damn-talented group of “Guanaco” designers to you: 

Roberto Dumont

Roberto Dumont’s sleek chairs are like Transformer toys for furniture lovers. They’re fun, witty and yet manage to remain so chic. “The chair collection is composed from two basic elements: an aluminum base structure and a seat in tension…The system provides for numerous compositions due to the interchangeable seats and bases. Sofas and waiting area seating can be easily constructed with a small alteration to the base structure.”

José Paredes / 5 PATAS AL GATO

His insect-like creatures become the centerpiece of any room. José Paredes’s tables question the very nature of this everyday piece of furniture. The unused space is eliminated, giving the table new character. The end result is a combination of smart and fun design. “Taxonomy is a collection based on the principles of nature, USE WHAT IS NECESARRY TO FULFILL A TASK… It leaves no space for decorations on the table; instead the table becomes the decorative element.”

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