Argentine designer Cristián Mohaded explores local craft in this Buenos Aires exhibition

National Museum of Decorative Art of Buenos Aires hosts ‘Territorio Híbrido’ (until 6 March 2022), an exhibition by Cristián Mohaded exploring local craft techniques and featuring collaborations with international designers, from Estudio Campana to Roberto Sironi

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‘Yacaré’ tables by Cristián Mohaded, part of his ‘Territorio Híbrido’ exhibition at Buenos Aires’ National Museum of Decorative Art
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Argentine designer Cristián Mohaded presents ‘Territorio Híbrido’ (Hybrid Territory), an exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Art in Buenos Aires (until 6 March 2022) exploring craftsmanship techniques and endemic materials from different regions in Argentina.

More than 20 designs were produced for the exhibition, merging historical and contemporary design approaches throughout a 20-month long process. To put together this body of work, Mohaded travelled across Argentina through the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Catamarca, Santiago Del Estero, Tucumán, Salta, and Jujuy. He worked using a variety of techniques, producing handmade fabrics on a creole loom; creole ropes made from raw cow hide and sewn with fine colt-pelt stitches; carpentry made using native woods like missionary moor cedar or the fallen cardon cactus; baskets woven using simbol (a plant fibre). He also worked with minerals including mica, boreal granite, and white onyx.

Designer Cristián Mohaded

Designer Cristián Mohaded standing alongside pieces from his Campo de Torres installation

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The exhibition’s centrepiece is an installation titled Campo de Torres (Field of Towers), featuring large-scale columns made of stacked basket-woven shapes paying tribute to his native Catamarca. The collection includes furniture, objects, textiles, and lighting pieces gathered under the ‘Especies Híbridas’ (Hybrid Species) aegis, and placed in conversation with the museum’s spaces and a series of pieces by Argentine ceramic artist Santiago Lena. The exhibition continues with a modular outdoor installation titled Jardín de Estrellas (Garden of Stars), made of seating shaped as triangular prisms.

Mohaded also worked with local silver masters and invited a series of international designers, from Fernando and Humberto Campana to Roberto Sironi, to create sculptural matés, traditional South American drinking vessels. Titled ‘El Encuentro’ (The Encounter), the collection includes a series of vessels mixing silver and wood. 

Exhibition of steel vessels

‘El Encuentro’ collection of silver vessels

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‘Mohaded has rekindled the notion of an exclusively Argentine design language at a national level,’ reads a text introducing the exhibition. ‘Through the acknowledgement of cultural diversity and productive capacities of local territories, and at an international scale, he shaped a meaningful image of essential Argentine features from a Latin American perspective integrated into a global market.’

Two wooden chair with modernist tall backs by Cristián Mohaded

‘Toribio’ and ‘Alcira’ chairs

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Table lamp with base made of marble sphered stacked on top of each other and cuboid shade, designed by Cristián Mohaded

‘Atalayas’ lamp

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Stone table with round top by Cristián Mohaded

‘Boreal’ table

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Low lounge chair made of wood with textile upholstery by Cristián Mohaded

‘J.M. Frank’ armchair 

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Sofa with wooden structure and black and white checkered textile upholstery by Cristián Mohaded

‘Federal’ sofa

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Lamp with think translucent stone by Cristián Mohaded

‘Frontera’ lamp

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Organically shaped vase made of stone by Cristián Mohaded

‘Hermanos’ vase

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Triangular stone stools by Cristián Mohaded

Stools from the installation Jardín de Estrellas 

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Tall shelving unit made of wood by Cristián Mohaded

‘Kavanagh’ bookcase 

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‘Territorio Híbrido’ is on view at the National Museum of Decorative Art in Buenos Aires until 6 March 2021


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.