In 2012, together with other five mexican designers, Christian Vivanco was one of the Founder Members of Cooperativa Panoramica.
Cooperativa Panoramica is a group of six young Mexican designers exploring new design territories. In a true cooperative effort, Panoramica works on specific design exercises that interpret various perspectives and ideas about design. Panoramica uses design as a means of expression, on a critical, inclusive and diverse way.
The coop is form by a new generation of Mexican creatives that early on in their careers have made an impression on an international level either studying in renown design institutions, exhibiting on important fairs and events, selling their products worldwide and through collaborations with design companies.
Year / 2012 - 2015
Panoramica was born from their share interest on design and mutual admiration, creating the stage for a hand-in-hand collaboration. Their first collection of objects was presented at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in 2013.
Since then, the Coop has continue collaborating in all sorts of projects such as commisions by galleries, products for international companies, and design competitions for urban projects in Mexico City. Their designs have been including in museum exhibitions in Mexico.
In it's first brief, Panorámica analyzes the true value in a variety of everyday materials, such as basalt stone, terrazzo, copper and glass, usually unnoticed by the contemporary urban dweller. All of these materials commonly found in objects considered normal and ordinary, but with a high functional value for its physical qualities.
Panoramica believe that is possible to generate a new identity for these noble and sincere materials that join us in our everyday life, through a collection of objects, that exalt the unique beauty of their “materiality”.
Our products are designed as a means of expression, on a critical, inclusive and diverse way by a selective group of designers, and manufactured in México by a network of independent craftsmen and workshops.
The Colored Basalt Table is born out of a deep understanding and reflections about Materiality, the first collection of the Cooperative that is characterized by the use of a variety of everyday materials the usually go unnoticed by the contemporary urban dweller. Since it’s presentation at ICFF 2013 in New York, Materiality marked a turning point around the use of materials such as basalt, stimulating a global trend towards recovery of such materials.
The next step for Panorámica was to take the experimentation with this material even further into unexplored territories. Several test and experiments, hinted at the sensorial richness that could be achieved by establishing a direct relationship between basalt and other existing languages n the object.
In 2015, Christian step out as an active member of Cooperativa Panoramica, looking for more projects to come.
Find more about Cooperativa Panoramica at their site.