COMMISSION – DESIGN DECODE
20 x 15 x 80 mm
MATERIALS – Milled stainless steel
YEAR – 2022
STATUS – Limited Edition (II/II)
2023 – Mexico City Art Week (Taller Nacional), CDMX
PRESS & INQUIRIES (English / Español):
Synthesis, dada, friction, impact, marks, lever, tool, trick, skill, meeting, culture, ritual, consumption, aliment.
Taking the bottom of a lighter, often used as a bottle opener, to elevate it into a manual tool with industrial finish and a contemporary, reductionist yet satirical expression.
Pedernal (Flint) is a tool made of machined stainless steel (high-speed friction between the drill and the raw steel bar). A bar with an elliptical section and dimensions very close to those of a common lighter that, with the help of your own knuckles and fist, works as a lever to open bottles.
Commissioned by Design DECODE for the first DECODE Group Show in 2022. Production limited to one piece (I/II) auctioned in benefit of Instituto Nuevo Amanecer and one author’s copy (II/II) signed by hand with permanent marker.
PHOTOGRAPHY– Nydia Lilian Cavazos
Claudia Pérez, Emilio Valtierra, Jorge Diego Etienne, Alexis del Toro, Design DECODE, Festival Cuadrante, Jorge Moreno, and Paola Gracida.
Just as a flint knife’s edge is given by the impact with another stone, the surface is left unpolished, exposing the drill’s trace.