<About Me>Born in 1979 in El Salvador to Salvadoran parents. Eugenio discovered his passion for design at a young age watching his father doing carpentry jobs. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design at Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado in San Salvador and paid his way through by doing all sorts of odd jobs, always adding to the enrichment of his passion for design. All this experience taught him that financial constraints were no match to the birth of a creative, earth-friendly masterpiece. He spent two years as a design consultant for US-AID’s NGO program, Aid to Artisans, during which he became aware that one of the main flaws with Salvadoran design production, the lack of raw materials, could be solved with one of the country’s main problems, trash. He went independent to pursue his vision by focusing on his designs and perpetuates his beliefs as a lighting design professor. He was selected as one of five designers to represent El Salvador at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2008 in New York City, USA. He has participated as a guest designer with the British European Design Group (BEDG) since May 2008, at 100% Futures, 100% Design 2008 in London, England; IMM Cologne International Furnishings Fair 2008 in Cologne, Germany, and at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2009 and 2010 in New York City, USA. .
The collection CH07 takes as a starting point a typical Salvadorean egg carton made of 100% biodegradable recycled paper and develops from its structure a lamp shade treated with a water based color application. The lampshades peculiar characteristics give birth to different series within the collection. The one-of-a-kind CH07 series presents unique lamps that use a peculiar metal object found in junkyards or dump fields as their stand. These pieces are rescued to give the original objects a second opportunity by exploiting their peculiarities and transforming them into whimsical lamp stands that would otherwise be melted and sold by weight.
Heliocarpus (greek word meaning “fruit raised by the sun”) is an organically inspired lamp series that takes its characteristics from various species of flowers. The series is an eco-experimental body of work that transforms discarded materials into precious objects; aiming to educate consumers and promote sustainability by repurposing household litter (plastic bottles and cell-phone chargers), promoting efficient lighting technology (LED’s) and supporting local crafts production (clay bases). Materials:Repurposed plastic bottles, recycled aluminum pipes, office clips, clay bases, LED’s, and repurposed cell-phone chargers.
This is a lamp collection inspired on aquatic flowers and the way they reflect on the water’s surface. I have chosen cold and neutral materials, such as glass, metal, and clear plastic, to recreate the reflection effect. As you might see with the wall lamp, the frosted glass reproduces the flower’s reflection, making it seem as if there were more twice as many flowers. With the rest of the lamps, I’ve simply tried to base them on the way these aquatic flowers grow. There is no waste generated by these lamps because all materials are used completely. It uses LED’s to generate light and repurposed cell phone chargers as voltage transformers.
LOTO is an organically inspired lamp series that takes its characteristics from the lotus flowers. Like inmaculate lotus flowers that grow within muddy swamps, Loto lamps are born from oceans of plastic debris. The Loto series is an eco-experimental body of work that transforms discarded household materials into precious objects, allowing plastic to be reborn to educate consumers about sustainable design.