CRAFT: Crafting with Nature
Compact Design for Cozy Quarters: Seating Trays by Tanya Aguiñiga
By Angelica Amesquita-Carter

Tanya Aguiñiga, furniture designer/maker and resident of Los Angeles, Calif., gets functional in cozy spaces with these beautifully handcrafted, low, stackable seating trays with a container that doubles as a table. The idea behind the piece is to create a unique seating surface that stores easily and has minimal upholstery, perfect for compact apartment living. Materials consist of Italian bending poplar, cast silicone, molded industrial felt, and walnut veneer.

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Some of her other woodsy wonderments not to be missed include a whimsical Birch Bench, an intricately designed wooden Plaid Table, and my personal favorite, the elegantly simple Mono Table, made of minimal materials consisting only of bending poplar and a round glass tabletop. Aguiñiga loves to work with wood because, in her own words, “It’s amazing to work with something that was once alive and that contains memory and depth. Natural elements that then become functional and useful are incredible.”
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—Angelica Amesquita-Carter
About the Author:
Angelica Amesquita-Carter describes herself as an introverted extrovert, a lazy crafter, an eclectic music junkie, and an ever-changing work in progress.