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 we have made, 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.
At that time I was fascinated by the dynamic of natural structures and patterns and their relation to textile structures. By observing these structural patterns of nature I found the same system of textile language and its expressions all around me. This observation inspired me to focus my work on the exploration of materials and fabrication techniques and their tridimensional capabilities to translate the forms we find in nature into experimental jewelry pieces. For my final thesis, I presented a collection of contemporary textile jewelry pieces inspired by the structures and dynamics of underwater creatures. I called this collection “La Loupe”.
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 La Loupe (from french loupe /lo͞op/=magnifying glass), is aroused from the idea of observation and exploration of the natural world and what is around us. An object that allows me to take a closer look and observe the beauty of a world within our world.
This 3-month project led me to great self-expression, discovering a new and interdisciplinary way of seeing textiles for the construction of objects. After graduating, fascinated with this new approach, I continued experimenting with small sculptural pieces. In 2014 under the name La Loupe Design I designed my first small collection of lamps. I wanted to incorporate different materials into my main medium which is fiber so for this first collection I started working in collaboration with a blacksmith artist and friend, Javier Abbonizio.
We finished some prototypes and it was such a great collaborative experience. But in 2015, destiny and love led me in a new direction and I left Argentina to relocate 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 Peruvian functional artist and woodworker. And in 2017, La Loupe Design, as you know it today, was officially founded.
Our first collaborative project, The Strata Collection was a family of wood and woven accent lamps that played with colorful striped patterns in combination with the beautiful natural texture of the wood, inspired by the layered patterns of sedimentary and agate rock formations.
The first collection with Marco 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 luminaries. As a designer and artisans, we want 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. Throughout the creation of these functional objects, we find the beautiful balance between craft, art, and design.
Since our first collection together in 2016, La Loupe Design has grown as an independent small studio in Baltimore, MD. concentrating on designing and making handcrafted interior lighting and home decor objects along with our personal artwork. Always learning on the go and discovering new ways of growing.
Even it is always a challenge to be an independent artist/designer and entrepreneur, I can say, it has been a smooth road and we have always enjoyed the journey. We want to continue doing what we love, share it with you, and keep bringing to your home daily enjoyable objects. The help and encouragement from the community and friends have been a huge help to keep going and believe in what we do. We are grateful for what we have achieved and so thankful for the continued support. Thank you for reading this far. We hope you have enjoyed it .