La Loupe Design
These are very strange times and considering what this coronavirus pandemic crisis is bringing, it's hard to concentrate on work and our business. However, looking back on some better moments we are grateful and proud of such little but important achievements, giving us the encouragement to keep going.
It all started in the year 2012. I was 36 years old and finishing my studies as a Textile Designer at the Buenos Aires University of Architecture and Design in my homeland Argentina.
During the last years of my studies, I was drawn by the dynamic of natural structures and patterns and their relation to textile structures. By observing this structural pattern of nature I found the same system of textile language and its expressions.
When it was time to decide a subject for my graduate thesis projects, I worked with the exploration of materials and fabrication techniques and their tridimensional capabilities, to create a collection of Contemporary Textile Jewelry inspired by the structures and dynamics of underwater creatures. I called this collection “La Loupe”, I designed 26 pieces and materialized 12 . Here are a few samples of the pieces I created.
From top left to right: Top view of sculptural ring / Earring: alpaca silver and woven hand-dyed silk yarn / Kinetic Necklace: alpaca silver and woven cotton yarn / Sculptural ring: Alpaca silver and cotton yarn / Kinetic ring: alpaca silver and cotton yarn / Necklace: leather. jorgelinalopez.com
The name of this collection (from french loupe /lo͞op/, an object that allows us to take a closer look and observe the beauty of a world within our world) arose from this idea of observation and exploration of the natural world and what is around us.
This 3-month project led me to a great self-expression exploration and a holistic approach of textiles for the construction of tridimensional forms, and after graduating, I started experimenting with small sculptural pieces and designing, under the name La Loupe Design, a collection of lamps in collaboration with a blacksmith artist and friend, Javier Abbonizio.
We finished some prototypes. It was such a great experience working again with metal on a different scale but destiny and love led me to a new direction and in 2015 I left Argentina to relocated to the USA. This collection never got to the process of production and La Loupe Design was on standby for a little while.
After a period of adaptation, in 2016 I started designing again. This time in collaboration with my partner Marco Duenas, a functional artist and woodworker, and in 2017, La Loupe Design, as you know it today, was officially founded.
The first collection with Marco was The Strata Collection. This family of wood lamps and woven accent lights, inspired by the layered patterns of sedimentary rock formations, allowed us to find the dynamic of our design process, fusing our different aesthetic influences and creative approaches.
Many people ask us why we chose lighting. As a designer, I wanted to emphasize the usefulness of the object created. Lamps are sculptural and functional objects that allow us to explore tridimensional form as well as the relation between structure, material, and light.
Since our first collection together in 2016, La Loupe Design has grown as an independent small studio in Baltimore, MD. concentrating on interior lighting and home decor objects along with our personal artwork. Always learning on the go and discovering new ways of growing.
In these difficult and uncertain times, we want to continue doing what we love, share it with you, and keep bringing to your home daily enjoyable objects. We are grateful for what we have achieved and thankful for your continued support.