It’s no doubt that Mexican culture has seriously fun and colorful traditions. And if you’ve ever been to a party in Mexico, you know this country sure knows how to throw a fiesta. Plus, it’s the original home of the piñata, the margarita and our favorite chip dip, guacamole. But one of the lesser known traditions of Mexico is their use of masks. And young designer Ana Jimenez is bringing them to your living space in the form of playful art-like furniture.
The talented Mexican designer created a five piece furniture collection inspired by bright, colorful face coverings that are used as costume in dances and ceremonies. Because they’re traditionally made of wood, Ana felt it was perfectly appropriate to follow suit.
Each exaggerated furnishing represents a different iconic mask and the cultural beliefs surrounding it. The most common masks in Mexican culture depict a devil and an old man. As you probably guessed, the devil represents evil — but it also brings amusement and humor. The old man mask is another representation of entertainment and also symbolizes the elders of the village. These are just two of the masks that Ana chose to transform into quirky furniture pieces. Scroll down to check out the five furnishings and their personalities.
The Double Face: As its name suggests, the Double Face has a persona that represents both good and evil. The good is represented by the unpainted drawers that open as most drawers do (horizontal to the ground) and stable left legs. The evil shows face by way of the neon green paint, the irregular legs up in the air and a diagonal drawer at the top.
The Drunk Lady: Is it just us or does this actually look a little like someone we saw stumbling around Saturday night?! From the lopsided paint job to the irregular shaped hardware, the dresser personifies an inebriated person. The funny-looking base even allows you to rock the piece from side-to-side.
The Devil: Just like in traditional culture, the devil is a prankster with his hands in the air. The shape and nature of the piece is meant to trick the innocent.
The Buffoon: As you can tell by the fun shape of this set of drawers, this one’s the life of the party, dancing and joking around with the kids and the ladies.
The Old Man: With droopy arms and slanted wood pieces, the old man is a bit hunched but can out-dance anyone. And hey, isn’t the same true for everyones’ grandpa?
Ana Jimenez’s designs reflect her Mexican heritage but also have an international influence, as she’s studied in Mexico, Switzerland, Italy and London. The cultural collage is clear in this collection, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
Right now the piece are in their concept phase, but we’re crossing our fingers that they become available in stores, because frankly, they’d make a fine addition to our color blocked interior.
Which personality do you think translates the best? Let us know in the comments below!