Furoshiki Red combines the concepts of: Furoshiki, a Japanese technique based on “the art of wrapping” through textiles, and Red, turning Red Oak into a textile. The challenge is to generate a flexible and versatile textile system through this leafy wood, applicable to multiple scales (XS-XXL) and with a possible infinite growth.
The commitment to the geometry of the cube and wood as the main material opens up a world of unexplored designs, providing a new reading and scale of the Furoshiki as a sustainable artistic practice.
During its development, the possibility of increasing the scale of the Furoshiki Red project appeared, seeking the application of this leafy textile system to the architectural scale.
Thanks to my training as an architect, in this new phase I was able to develop, maintaining the same concept, an architectural envelope in the form of a piece of screen-type furniture.
Applying the rules of the system, I extrapolated the cubic geometry and the fabric system from the smaller scales (bag, wallet) to the larger scale, this time to a spatial scale
Project life cycle assessment
Learn about the environmental impact of the entire manufacturing process of the 8 projects of the Toca Madera call. How much wood was used? What was its carbon footprint? Would it have been more efficient to build it in another country?
Volume of red oak (kg)
Replacement rate (seconds)
Total carbon footprint (kg co2 eq.)
María Risueño Domínguez
I’m Maria Risueño and I’m an architect. I hold an architecture degree from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed my studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.
Architectural studies have awakened in me an eagerness to start designing new products and experiences for our future domestic environments, which has led me to get immersed in new fields such as Product, Furniture Design and User Experience Design (UX/UI). Thanks to this training, I have developed the analytical tools necessary to find design opportunities in my social and urban surroundings and I now understand design (of a space, of a product) as a method.
Since 2015, I have complemented my academic training with professional experience in architecture offices in Madrid and Chicago. After collaborating as a designer at a Studio Gang Architects (Chicago), I continue my professional activity in Héctor Fernández Elorza architects in Madrid.
Now, I would like to keep learning and working towards the future of furniture and product design for our domestic environments thanks to a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United States.