While in La Paz, I spied this chic doughnut-shaped chair. It´s of particular interest to me, being a modern design that utilizes local, traditional materials and construction, considering ecological concerns. This is a combination of factors I’m contemplating for future projects. Made from of local reeds, the construction is based on that of old-fashioned reed boats made by natives on Lake Titicaca. This is one of the simpler reed boats:


The chair´s form is, of course, reminiscent of modernist designers such as the Eames. Designer Gerard Minekawa, is a New Yorker born to Bolivian and Argentine parents, though I think he may live in La Paz now.

While on Titicaca, we noticed others had also tried their hand at boat furniture, creating these boat sofas.