I was born in October 1985 in San Antonio which is a small port town in Chile. I spent much time during my childhood with my grandfather who I today can thank for my strong Chilean roots and my will to chase my dreams. He always had some exciting story to tell, but also advices and lessons that I have carried with me the rest of my life.
September 2002. When I was 17 years old I emigrated to Sweden, where I and my family commanded us. I chose to study carpentry at Bolandsgymnasiet where I discovered my passion for furniture and design.
In the autumn of 2012, I entered Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies in furniture making, where I work on finding and developing my own idiom. The University has been named the best university in design for several years in a row in Sweden and one of the best in Europe.
Ekorremöbler consist of the furniture designers, Julia Prytz and Christoffer Östman, the cabinetmaker Sebastián González and the upholsterer Katarina Höglund. All educated at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies in Stockholm. We are inspired by another culture, but design and manufacture in the Swedish way. The source of our inspiration is Sebastian's home country of Chile, and the stories from the streets. Inspiration from brothels can sure be criticized and prejudices emerge quite quickly. A love story of a small brothel called "Luces del Puerto" in San Antonio, between the musician Roberto Parra and a prostitute named Esther is the inspiration for our furniture collection that we call "Valpo".
Valpo - "same, but different".
We design and manufacture furniture, the same as many do, but we try to do it differently. How can we find inspiration in such an environment and in such a story? This is part of the culture that often fall by the wayside, but are a big part of the culture's identity. We went to Chile on an inspirational trip to see the country and its citys with our own eyes. To see the magic, which you can only experience by being there. It allows us to design more freely and consciously. We followed the trails of Roberto Parra and Esther in San Antonio where we listened to stories from the locals, which gave us a completely different sense of clarity and transparency. Before, we only had the pictures, now we have the truth, the smells, the rhythm of the language, the food, the street art, souvenirs, and street dogs - forever there in our minds, which prevents one from superficial interpretations.
The cabinet Ester in our collection were selected as one of the four favorites of 2015 in the newspaper Sköna Hem.