Imagined by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, Los Trompos (The Spinning Tops) puts a new spin on interactive design installations. The project features more than (30) 3-dimensional structures that double as seating. When two or more people work together, they can make the shapes spin.
The colorful surfaces of each “top” are created utilizing fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans.
As stated by the designers in an interview with the High Museum of Art, ‘the concept behind Los Trompos is based on an approach of traditional toys, their colorful expression and the way they are constructed. We wanted to talk about the traditions and skills of the craftsmen in Mexico, as an inheritance of our culture, specifically the weavers. We like the idea of translating these techniques into new symbols.’