Juan Carlos Franco & Juan Santiago Sierra

Colombia, Spain | Wood: red oak

Juan Franco and Juan Sierra were both born in Colombia and met while pursuing their masters degree at Elisava, Spain. Since then they have partnered on different projects focusing mostly on furniture design. Currently located in Medellin, Colombia and Barcelona, Spain they use wood as their prime material due to its character and warm feeling. Their design work focuses on creating a harmonious result between function and form. To make this possible, they simplify the geometry and make the forms as simple to use and manipulate. They tend to be inspired by nature and organic shapes; while creating pieces that are close to the Latin American panorama, generating sensations focused on honest craftsmanship and a mix of different processes.

During isolation, objects change their function and their meaning, and we find ourselves looking for space within our space. This was the observation that kicked off Franco and Sierra’s project, which looked at how our furniture changes function and how adaptability is key (in a pandemic as much as in modern living). Inspired by adaptable design (such as Colombia’s pile dwelling houses), they created a bench that suits different needs, thanks to the addition of accessories such as backrests and trays that fuse into a central fissure. This way, the bench becomes a multifunctional space that can adapt to home, workspace or public environment.