David Pompa, a designer that celebrates Mexican materials
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Mexico City-based design studio David Pompa is known for creating unique designs using honest materials that celebrate the essence and craftsmanship of Mexico. The studio’s latest lighting design, Meta, launched during this year’s Design Week Mexico, comprises a volcanic rock normally used for molcajetes, the Mexican version of the mortar and pestle which is used to make foods such as guacamole.
The meta pendant combines a porous, black volcanic recinto stone with glossy black aluminum, resulting in a monochromatic cylinder of smoky black.
But this is not the studio’s first time working with volcanic rock, a newly popular material for furniture and homeware. Pompa launched the Ambra lamp range just last year, which showcases cantera rosa, a dusty pink rock formed of volcanic ashes and lava, resulting in a rich texture resembling that of terrazzo.
Sourced from San Luis Potosí, Morelia and Zacatecas, the cantera rosa is paired with brightly polished copper, creating a vibrant contrast and a unique aesthetic.
Austrian-Mexican designer Pompa reopened his studio in Mexico City in 2013 with the theme “The material space,” showcasing the studio’s materials, which range from volcanic rock, copper, brass, blown glass, to ceramic, wood, onyx, and even woven PVC. The result is a visual exploration of tones, colors and textures that reflect the studio’s timeless visual language and a return of sustainable production to Mexico.