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Homeland Effect: Rescuing what is National


 

We visited an interesting shop that captured our attention for its graphic design. It tries to note on many of its little offered gifts, things that are very typical from Costa Rica. They are “Homeland Effect”.

 
Their main desire was to undertake a business to get something positive, mixed with the homeland’s passion. They saw the need to create a fostering product about the Costa Rican identity within a modern design. In that time, they initiated their main products: We were told by the founders that they thought about the stickers made with Costa Rican-related-designs.

Once you go into the store, the first things that you would like best are the modern pillows with lining and the wrapped water bottles. Those products are made with flora, fauna, and Costa Rican beaches designs. These products’ designs are original and they are fully focused on Costa Rica’s culture.

The fabric used by them to make these beautiful pillows is jute because it symbolizes the coffee bags. In this way, we try to reinforce the Costa Rican popularity. All those pillows have a zipper and we can take out the stuffing to wash them well. They are mixed with damask and created with thermoadhesive material which is more washing and using resistant.

The shop is located in San Pedro, one can send these products to many parts of the world at Costa Rica’s Post Office. More information: www.instagram.com/efectopatriacr

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Photo by: Efecto Patria

 

 

 

Pottery is Rescuing our Costa Rican Culture

 

Recently, we have been in a high-level-artisan exhibition whose brand name is “Enraizados” (“enraizados”: deeply rooted). This is a pottery-based project that has been developed taking the Costa Rican Culture as a key element. They used the word “rooted” as a pretext for their logo and all their workshop design concept. 

Among their main products are the “Mascarada” cups (“mascarada”: masquerade), although they make many other ones like coffee-filtering objects, jugs, glasses, and also spoons. “Enraizados” has also been dedicated to develop personalized projects and pieces like sculptures, or artistic projects. 

Its artist and owner, José Eduardo Montero Montero, is telling us that his objective is to be known by all the possible people. But, his main public is composed by those adults who are appreciating the unique culture and design. He is also addressing to those ones who are interested on the popular culture.

The popular “Barveña” masquerade is a patrimonial good and the Enraizados brand is trying to take this part of our people to the homes with the most people number, its owner emphasized.

The personalized design is one of the greatest attributes of these Costa Rican pottery artists. It also stands out the exclusiveness, because each piece is unique and completely handmade. So, this guarantees that two pieces are not exactly the same. The design shown in the pieces is very well thought, due to the fact that it tries to recognize and appreciate our traditional mask makers’ remnants.

The “Enraizados” handmade and artistic pottery is not hesitating that the next year 2018 would be full of new products and characters on its “mascarada” cups. It would also have architectural projects with environments’ design. 

But, where can we get an exclusive “Enraizados” cup? We can get it at Kiosko San José (San José Newsstand), Satisfactory, Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel, El Cajoncito, and Camanance, among other design shops in San José and Heredia.

In the same way, at Correos de Costa Rica (Costa Rica’s Post Office) and at cajoncito.com one can find the service that is sending these products to other countries. More information:  https://www.facebook.com/enraizadosceramica/

 

Photos by:  Enraizados

 

 

Biolosophy...Fragances for peace and relaxation

 
*All of the products of this store are 100% natural, without chemicals. 
 
 
Today we went shopping to Multiplaza del Este Shopping Center, located in Curridabat. In this opportunity we found a store that caught our attention immediately because a delicious fragrance whispered to us across the hall “you must enter and discover this”. This experience made us believe we were at the Spa. 
 
This store of delicious fragrances, that invites you to observe from up close each product, is called Biolosophy and it belongs to a Costarican company called Bioland. It is the only “green store” in Costa Rica and also at a regional level, because its products do not contain preservatives and artificial coloring and they are 100% natural.
 
This cosmetics and personal care shop works with aromas and organic ingredients. For example, here you can find several different natural vegetable soaps of delicious and exotic fragrances such as passion fruit, wild flowers, cashew, chocolate with honey and palmarosa essential oil (widely used to cure allergies and burns). What amazed us the most in this store were the products based on pejibaye, a fruit and carbohydrate source very common in Costa Rica to make different delicious dishes. 
 
Their natural products advisers tell us that pejibaye is an antioxidant high in vitamins and minerals for the skin. It has been shown to be a preventative for premature aging. This product is aimed at men and women and it is commonly preferred because it is not greasy and it can be used by people of all ages and it works for necessity, placing our beloved pejibaye not only in the dining room but in our dressers as well. 
 
Another great novelty is the “Orchids” body cream that, we were told, is super moisturizing and leaves a velvety finish, as well as other products based on “Cholorphyl” for facial care, such as the marine botanical infusions for cell regeneration. And, if you like natural, fresh and chem-free make-up, this is the right place to get it. This is because Biolosophy creates its make-up using flowers of tubers, cacao, cinnamon, karate and argan, using also collagens and yeast extracts that act as sun screen protectors. According to their adviser, Ana Lucía Solórzano, the Bioland make-up is completely organic. 
 
And a what better courtesy to finish this tour than to get a facial cleaning session in their shop for free for 30 minutes by purchasing one of their products. My face received a delicious exfoliation with marine algae using a collagen mask from the “free” adapted to my sensitive skyn-type and finishing with a relaxing serum to stimulate the collagen and to hydrate even more. This is how we met and enjoyed Bioland’s premium line in their new stores. 
 
For more information, you can call the phone number 2253-0153 or 8953-2274 or  https://www.facebook.com/biolosophy/. Hours: Hours: 10 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday - Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.   Location: Multiplaza del Este -Multiplaza del Oeste.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Passion for pottery

 
 
*Her artistic projects reveal the creativity generated by the richness of nature.
 
 
XOCHILT LEZAMA·C® "love handmade ceramics" is a Costa Rican design brand dedicated to make deluxe pottery, both utilitarian and artistic, from its design and production workshop in Pavas.
 
Its founder, Xochilt Lezama, told us that the project was born during the path of a graphic design career, where she met pottery and she discovered her passion. Pottery became her vital interest to continue developing artistic projects and to implement them as a life style.
 
Her secret for the fine and delicate pottery, which attracted our attention, is that she lets herself be seduced by the observation and admiration of the details of her surroundings. The richness of nature frees creativity to be inspired in forms, textures and colors, using different pottery techniques, emphasized this Costa Rican pottery artist.
 
We asked Xochilt to whom she addresses her pottery...She responded: to people that love hand made fine designs, observers, and to those who seek to enrich their surroundings with details that manage to create real interactions in order to live better experiences.
 
Among her exclusive products you can find: From the collection "Fusión arte y oficio" (series of ceramic pots for cosmetic products) lip balms (as a result of the thesis project) and the Espresso cups (from the "Barismo" Collection).
 
Her products can be found in different design stores in San José, Yoses and "Espresso cups" in Coffea Diversa-Multiplaza Escazú. Or you can ask for a special order or at fairs.  Gallery web: www.xolecdisegno.carbonmade.com,  https://www.facebook.com/xochiltceramica/?hc_ref=SEARCHInstagram: @xochilt_lc_ceramics
 
 
 
Photo by:  "Taller_Xochilt Ceramics"- Procesos en el taller de  XOCHILT LEZAMA·C®
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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