Fernando Laposse – Sisal Sanctum
citizenM has commissioned an installation by London-based designer Fernando Laposse, to debut during LDF at the entrance to citizenM Shoreditch. The aim of the project is to shine a light on sisal, a natural fibre harvested from a species of agave cactus found in the South of Mexico, and the people that produce this material.
Sisal Sanctumwill create a sensorial and tactile landscape in a space that will consist of two lounge areas featuringdifferent textures, fur-like sisal walls and carpets. Its intent is to provide a shelter from the urban landscape of East London, where visitors can relax.
Playful sisal guardians will stand at the front of the installation. Laposse believes in helping local communities, using sustainable materials and rare techniques to create his designs. Once one of the biggest industries in Mexico, sisal represented the main source of employment for the Mayan communities of the Yucatan peninsula but, with the invention of nylon, its production has dramatically decreased leaving entire communities unemployed.
Laposse hopes to address this issue by utilising ancient ways of harvesting and manufacturing to highlight the beauty of this natural and biodegradable material.