With their endearing shapes and long, shaggy pelts, Fernando Laposse’s designs are like something out of a fairy tale: furniture that one can imagine befriending.

Despite their large size, they have an air of vulnerability, as if they were members of a rare endangered species.

The pieces only take on their full meaning when you know how they are made, and why.

Laposse creates them in a Mexican village called Tonahuixtla, which has been devastated by climate change. The primary material is sisal, the fibre of the agave plant – a type of succulent used in the production of tequila. Laposse has pioneered the innovative use of this material in the region, where he is also organising an extensive planting of agave, with the goal of restoring the community’s economy.

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