“The first celebrations that I remember enjoying as a child were the dance performances in school for different holidays and events – especially since they’d always choose me to dance!”, Abel recounts with an extra cheerful smile.
“For ÖMSESIDIG, I really wanted to tell a story that is representative of my country, but also of myself. So, I thought of our national day celebrations, and how the cueca is a part of it that has made an impression on me.”
The cueca is Chile’s national dance as well as a genre of music, and a regular fixture in the country’s national celebrations and folk-dance performances. Danced in pairs, it tells a story of courtship and in its most elegant, traditional form – huaso elegante – the cueca has its participants dressing in capes, hats, and boots.
“I found a very academic approach to my design process here, exploring the story of the cueca, its history and concept. But how could I merge this with an object?”, says Abel.
The answer was in the steps, a constant of any dance that isn’t often seen in terms of shapes. Abel began looking at how they connected to form simple geometric patterns, which lay the foundation of his product concept exploration.