Discovering America’s botanical treasures must have been the most exhilarating experience for Alexander von Humboldt and his expedition companion, Aimé Bonpland, who spent five years traveling around Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States during the early days of the nineteenth century.
Inside the rich encyclopedia they published after their great adventure, titled Voyage aux régions équinoxiales du Nouveau Continent, are all their findings related to astronomy, geography, zoology and botany, next to stories from one of the most remarkable scientific expeditions in history.
This magical encounter, between the Old World and the deep forests surrounding the Orinoco river, inspired us to develop a collection that reflects on their sense of adventure and discovery.
The Terra Swinging Planter Pots were inspired by the term ‘Terra Incognita’, which means ’unknown land’. Rounded and hand-carved from mango wood, the plant pot rotates onto itself, a reminder of life in a sailing boat that is in search for adventure.
One of the most enigmatic plants of the ‘New World’ jungles, the ‘Bird of Paradise’, is reinterpreted on natural wool pillow covers, handwoven on a pedal loom by highly skilled Mexican artisans.