Thursday, June 11, 2009

Local furniture porn: Pirwi

It's been a while since we've talked about something non-music related here on ol' Austin Eavesdropper, hasn't it? Just blah-blah band this and blah-blah synthesizer that. Let's shake things up a bit and talk about.....FURNITURE!!!

Are you ready for this? I'm about to break it down, Ethan Allen-style. Actually....not Ethan Allen at all, something much, much cooler. God, how is that even possible? I'll tell you. Pirwi.

So last night Kirk Gallery hosted a mixer of sorts for this Mexican design collective. Everything Pirwi designs is eco-friendly, but also pretty affordable - which probably can't be said of every lofty-minded green design line (in fact quite few I imagine). It was founded by Emiliano Godoy and Alejandro Castro, the latter of whom has worked with uber-photographer Mario Testino. You may have seen his work in this tiny little magazine....oh what's it called.....VOGUE. And, point of trivia, he apparently charges $140,000 a day.

Anyway, when it comes to housewares, I tend to overlook naked wood. This is a stark difference between R. and I: R. could happily live inside the trunk of a Redwood tree! So imagine my surprise to be surrounded by all these whimsical wooden treats....and didn't feel the need to paint and/or decoupage a single one.



This tree below is one of my favorites. It was designed by Mr. Castro and comes in three different sizes. I think it'd be fun to get the small one and use it to hang up your necklaces:

This is a chair whose pieces are stitched together by cotton rope! It actually won an award an International Furniture Design Award in 2005. Don't the legs kind of look like zippers?

This screen comes in maple, walnut, or black veneer, and the scales make the whole thing bendable. You can form little shapes with it.



What does this table remind me of? An Escher drawing? Something.

This bench is called, appropriately enough, "The Centipede."


This is probably my favorite: it's a dog-shaped bench/side table/magazine rack of sorts:

Pirwi makes these together with Proteak, and if you buy several of these "dogs" you can make different...eh...arrangements:

Do you think that's meant to be as funny as it is??

Anyhoo, Pirwi sells these dogs and many other items here in town, and would you believe that a lot of it is under $100? Sorry for sounding so much like a commercial?

To check out the line, head to Kirk: 210 Guadalupe, in between 3rd and 2nd street.