A lot of people have been wondering about the modern new building in town,
on Maria Asuncion, close to Tierralegre. It is called Casa Marmaya,
and is owned by Conrado, an architect, and Lety, an interior designer,
who is also trained in landscape design and lighting design.
Check out the lamps, one
in front of the shop and one inside; they were designed by Lety to be
made from recycled materials – twigs from the beach, and pieces of fabric
that both produce a beautiful quality of light.
I am hoping more of the
businesses in town will follow their lead and soften the light from
the bare light bulbs that seem to have increased lately. Lety contracted
Mabel of Artisanik Pazifico, (the shop next to the bookstore) to make the
lampshades, so it is a La Manzanilla co-operative project.
It’s so good to see this co-operation boosting local economy, while
re-using and recycling local materials.
Another interesting feature
is Conrado’s design – room dividers made of stripped natural
poles of wood. They allow light to pass through, and still have
the effect of dividing up a room into smaller areas - like translucent walls.
And – this is exciting for me - they have lovely walls where paintings
and artisan works are being displayed! It is really a treat for us
artists to have attractive new spaces to hang our work. So thank you,
Lety and Conrado, for building such a beautiful space to house your new business.
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