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Jan 15 2018

ames – a furniture company as a mediator between cultures

The Colombian Ana Maria Calderón Kayser founded the company "ames" in 2006 in the Eifel, of all places, with the goal of developing furniture and living accessories that speak to the hearts and minds of cosmopolitan and living people. Since moving to Germany in 2001, the Colombian-born managing and creative director not only lives between cultures herself, but has also worked, since the founding of the company, with the Icelandic designer Erla Sólveig Oskarsdóttir. Most designs from the current ames collection originate from the internationally active designer based in Reykjavik.

The ames collection unites contemporary designs that can be used multi-functionally both indoors and outdoors, both in the private living space and in the display area. The product families, consisting of occasional furniture, chairs, barstools and tables, satisfy individual living wishes thanks to their many available variants. Various materials and their combinations, as well as a broad spectrum of colour, upholstery fabrics and frames should ensure unlimited design diversity.

Intercultural design at the highest level

That design is a globally comprehensible language, is also shown by the extremely successful Sala project. The "ames sala by sebastian herkner" home collection celebrated its premiere on the occasion of imm cologne 2016: the furniture company presented a series of modern living accessories designed by the German designer Sebastian Herkner and produced in Colombia, primarily from natural materials by small, traditional manufactories. "The ames sala collection is inspired by the country and people, as well as by the traditional craftsmanship of Colombia. Thus the diversity and special features of the country are reflected in the forms and colours of the designs", is how Sebastian Herkner acknowledges the intercultural principle of this collection.

"I was especially inspired by archetypical forms I encountered in the 'Museo del Oro' (museum of gold) in Bogota. The Home Collection bears my signature, but is located in Colombia, where all products of the collection are produced by hand and in accordance with old traditions." The wicker chairs of the collection now also include "Vis-a-Vis", a chair for two. It is produced in Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast from plastic fibres and steel pipe, and in a "momposino" weaving technique that is typical for this region. Sebastian Herkner designed the "caribe" furniture series on this basis.

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