Totomoxtle means “corn husk” and refers to the brilliantly colored veneers made from native Mexican corn by designer Fernando Laposse. Once ubiquitous in the farming community of Tonahuixtla, Mexico where Laposse visited as a child, native corn was decimated by industrial farming. Since 2017, he has worked with farmers, agronomists, and scientists to reintroduce native varieties and restore an important local economy.
It is credited
Courtesy of Fernando Laposse.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.