Unno Gallery: “Latin American design in connection with native cultures”

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Unno Gallery: “Latin American design in connection with native cultures”


Laura Abe Vettoretti and Maria Dolores Uribe are difficult to locate on the map or define in a few words. One way to explain who they are is to discuss what the two have in common: both of them are creative young women of Mexican origin. Abe Vettoretti is an architect and sculptor who studied in Mexico and Argentina (urban planning) and is creative director of an interior design studio in Mexico City and New York. Maria Dolores studied art in Florence and interior design in the United States before establishing her own fabric and furniture studio and showroom in Mexico, where she promotes European designers. The two young designers also have something else in common: an aesthetic vision rooted in fascination with the cultures of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, in which Laura Abe and Maria Dolores find the true essence of contemporary creativity in their part of the world.

In 2021, the two designers founded Unno Gallery, a platform and digital gallery with a focus on contemporary Latin American design and its deep roots in indigenous cultures. Unno Gallery participates in international trade fairs in America and Europe, starting with Nomad Circle, an exclusive traveling collectible design fair that came to Capri this summer, as well as FuoriSalone in Milan in June. “We came together as Unno after meeting in the same point of view, that Latin American art and design should be presented to the world with the same depth and rawness as the intellectual assets of the new generation of artists and designers,” Laura Abe and Maria Dolores agree; “All the pieces under Unno are a tribute to our culture and country: the abstraction and rawness of the visual language inherited from our ancestors resulting in purity of design; the connection between time, space and art, leading to pieces that speak of spatial and sempiternal memories; historical, essential shocks; and the perfection of the performance of pure poetry.”

Regarding the choice of designers, Laura Abe and Maria Dolores say: “We choose our creatives when we notice in them a unique, almost untainted essence, far from trends, close to real aesthetic values ​​and handmade processes. We seek perfection in execution, a break from the status quo, and experimentation with unique materials.” Their portfolio includes names such as CS Nuñez and Abel Cárcamo, Deceres Studio and Habitación 116, the studio designed by Mexican architects Rafael Rivera and Javier Claverie was founded with a focus on the importance of collective work.

Habitación 116’s items reflect the most advanced research into the colors of the earth and unusual materials such as volcanic stone. In the Lava collection of chairs, tables, armchairs and benches made of Tabebuia Rosea wood and woven paper fiber, they experiment with natural pigments inspired by Mexican soil, consisting of powdered volcanic stone in colors ranging from gray to brown and pink. The shapes of their furniture are reminiscent of the work of architect Luis Barragán and the folk culture of the region of Toluca and Tenancingo (near Mexico City), where men traditionally sculpt and assemble the wooden frames while women weave the backs and seats and paint the finished chairs. . The Lava Collection is the perfect example of what the founders of Unno Gallery say: “Latin American design cannot be separated from where we come from, it is all around us, in the millenary techniques, our buildings, in nature and in the values ​​of our people.”

Antonella Galli

Captions and credits
Images courtesy of Unno Gallery
01 Laura Abe Vettoretti and Maria Dolores Uribe, founders of Unno Gallery, at Miart 2021.
02 CS Nuñez, Quemador diffusor, Unno Gallery, presented at Miart 2021
03 Laura Abe Vettoretti and Maria Dolores Uribe, Unno Gallery, Talara jade side table presented at Miart 2021
04 Deceres Studio, Paquime Bench, Unno Gallery, ‘Volume, the Land and the Maker’ exhibition at FuoriSalone in Milan, 2022, photo credits: Ambra Crociani
05 Habitación 116, Lava Stool, Unno Gallery, ‘Volume, the Land and the Maker’ exhibition at FuoriSalone in Milan, 2022, photo credits: Ambra Crociani
06 Habitación 116, Lava Chair and Lava Chair, Unno Gallery installation at Nomad Capri 2022; photo credits: Mattia Parodi
07 Unno Gallery installation at Nomad Capri 2022; photo credits: Mattia Parodi
08 and 12, Lava Chair, Habitación 116, Unno Gallery; photo credits: Habitación 116
09 CS Nuñez, Altar Tequitqui shelf unit, Unno Gallery, presented at Miart 2021
10 Deceres Studio, Peel Cabinet, Unno Gallery, ‘Volume, the Land and the Maker’ exhibition at FuoriSalone in Milan, 2022, photo credits: Ambra Crociani
11 Habitación 116, Lava Stool, Unno Gallery; photo credits: Ambra Crociani

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