Estudio Persona, a simple name for two volcanic personalities: Emiliana Gonzalez, an industrial designer and Jessie Young, a conceptual artist. This Uruguayan duo has been living in Los Angeles since 2014. Their two separate visions of the object happily contend with each other on a daily basis. A discussion flows between functionality and sculpture, product and narrative, in order to create furniture that speaks both to space and to the body.
Should an object appeal first to the eye or to the function it holds? This eternal design debate is invited on a daily basis into their Angelino art-district-based studio. It is the foundation from which they draw and produce their collection, inspired by Uruguayan culture, far from the exuberantly colorful Latino cliché. «Montevideo is a grey and melancholic city, perfectly suited to writers and poets. Our culture is above all rural and European, inherited from our Italian and Spanish forebears. With very British winters! ». The result is a collection of sober colors and natural materials, functional and sculptural lines, telling a tale verging between the brink of the large series and that of the limited edition.
Nido leather lounge chair was the result of playing with the juxtaposition of shapes. The egg-like shape of the leather upholstered wood seat nesting in the cross shaped solid wood frame, gives it the name Nido, meaning nest in Spanish. The Nido’s strong lines of the base in either walnut or white oak brings style and stability without sacrificing comfort in the contrasting rounder shape of the soft leather seat. Handmade in Los Angeles, CA. from locally sourced materials. Materials Natural leather. Solid white oak with clear coat. Dimensions 32″D x 32″H 30″W.
Puru side table in plum resin. Limited Edition. This custom plum resin is hand poured, sanded and finished in Los Angeles by artist J.S. Nero. The Puru derives it’s name from the Japanese word for pool, the resin against the polished stainless steel produces a mirroring effect thereby reminding it’s need for each other in the reflections. Materials Polished stainless steel/ burgundy resin. Dimensions 18” H x 12” W x 21”D.
UNAdining chair in hard maple wood and vegetable leather.The UNA intersects the round wooden seat and legs with a leather upholstered cylindrical back. Using these fluid shapes allows greater focus on the details of the wood grain and pristinely stitched leather top. This chair is available in natural maple and white oak stained black. Dimensions 31.5” H x 18” W x 19.63” D.