CONCEPT

PETro is designed by Marta Sif. The context and story of Manchay, Lima, combined with the characteristics of the PET yarn, became the starting point of this crutch.

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Pictures taken from this shanty town, made Marta decide to design a minimalist piece of furniture. “All things in Manchay, like furniture, are made to be efficient and functional.  Because of this I felt that the design should also be efficient and functional.”

Fascinated by the Peruvian woven textiles, Marta combined acrylic wool with PET yarn, which accumulated into a whole new material that can be easily recycled again. For the actual makers, the fusion means that it takes less time to weave, speeding up the production process.

DSC_0156On the level of the design, it gives a more abstract pattern, underlining the craftsmanship instead of trying to make something perfect that was never going to be perfect.

Patterns and weaving from the area are used as grid-lines for choosing the colors for the acrylic yarn in combination with the most commonly found colors of the PET bottles, which are transparent, green and blue. ” I was inspired by the pictures from Manchay. I could see that there is a lot of dust and neutral colors but they seem to like bright colors so you can see colors popping up here and there. I really liked that”.  She translated this effect by designing a powder-coated white frame, from which the green, blue and pink colors of the seating would similarly pop-up too.

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It took many models and mock-ups, counseling and sometimes frustration to give birth to PETro, but we are very proud of him!