2011 was the year of the conception of the PET Lamp project in Spain, 2012 saw the launch of the Colombian experience, 2013 saw its expansion to other countries and cultures beginning with Chile, and 2014 welcomes PET Lamp in a new continent, Africa, with the aim of showing the worldwide potential of this project.
It was four years ago that we found ourselves in Colombia taking the first steps in the PET Lamp project, which, thanks to teamwork, managed to create a very popular. product. After that success we decided to expand the project to other countries beginning with Chile, where we could test its reach and capacity for adaptation to new forms and artisan cultures. The result was a positive surprise.
In 2014 PET Lamp jumped to the continent of Africa, touching down in Ethiopia, the cradle of mankind and a meeting point of cultures and religions between continents. Addis Ababa is a city which plays a crucial geopolitical role within Africa. The seat of the African Union, the city has the greatest concentration of diplomatic delegations in Africa as well as having the busiest airport in the whole of the continent.
In May of last year Emily Cosentino, a North American temporarily residing in Addis Ababa, contacted us with the will to develop the project with local artisans. Working in close collaboration with Salem Kassahun, the owner of a workshop and a
shop for local crafts, she organised a team of artisans who welcomed us in October of that year in order to begin work on the new collection which we present to you now. It is called Abyssinia.
Meanwhile, the collections proceeding from Colombia and Chile continue bringing their energy to all corners of the world. This year PET Lamp has received the Diseño para el Desarrollo (Design for Development) prize at the Biannual Ibero- American Design Fair (DIMAD, Madrid) and the DELTA de Plata (FAD Barcelona). It has also been a part of other fantastic design exhibitions such as The Fab Mind at 21-21 Design Sight (Tokyo), New Territories at MAD Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and Waterweavers at the Bard Graduate Center of New York and Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid amongst others. It has also become part of the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Museu del Disseny (Barcelona) and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris).
For 2016 there are already new adventures open to us in other countries on top of the follow up and improvement
of the collections from the preceding years. PET Lamp already has a life of its own and our team is doing all it can to respond to the expectations that this project is generating and to help it reach as far as possible.
Alvaro Catalán de Ocón
Madrid, April 2015
Addis Abeba 2014