Amsterdam / London
Altar is a design studio working with an artistic and conceptual approach. We strive on creating narrative and evocative artefacts that will reflect the importance of heritage. We want to forge a new relationship between object and human, rooted in the analysis of behaviour, context and material of past and present cultures. We tailor each project using research, experimentation, critical design and narrative concepts, allowing us to move beyond the basics of form and function. Our new ceramic collection focuses on an artisanal community from the North of Peru, Chulucanas, where we worked in collaboration with the last paddler of the village, using an ancestral technic. Based on his personal experience and on the local context of this specific ceramic process, we created a series of pieces revealing the range of possibilities offered by this extinguishing technic.