Pedro Arturo » PEDERNAL

Pedro Arturo Ruiz García.
© 2021




Bottle opener

20 x 15 x 80 mm

Materials – Milled stainless steel

Year – 2022

Status  Limited Edition (II/II)

Exhibitions – DECODE Group Show 2022 during CUADRANTE 2022

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 an author’s copy (II/II) signed hand with permanent marker.


#ThankYou Claudia Pérez, Emilio Valtierra, Jorge Diego Etienne, Alexis del Toro, Design DECODE, Festival Cuadrante.


Photography – Nydia Lilian Cavazos

Thought process

Influences: I – Impact and friction shaped pre-hispanic tools, and II – Dada movement.

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.

Exhibition in Monterrey, Mx (October the 19th – December the 4th)