I am always inspired by the Filipino story and history, and, also, sustainable Filipino materials. For the Gregoria lounge, I was inspired by the intricately designed balustrades in our old home. Balustrades have been a staple element in traditional Filipino home designs since it was brought into the Filipino design sensibility by the Spaniards. I thought that such a well-crafted thing deserve much more than being a decorative element of stairs and balconies.
I was inspired by these remarkable Filipino things. I named this seat after my mother, Gregoria Kish. The backrest made of an element always forgotten by others, but nonetheless textured, intricate, interesting and always strong and firm, and the seat beautiful, at first glance frail and weak, but actually can support big deals of weight.
I was also inspired by the Filipino way of living. The design for the Gregoria is, in many ways shaped by my experiences as a Filipino. The balusters can look like spires of a church, for example, as Filipinos make a majority of Catholics in the world. Also, if you consider the balusters forming a semi-circle, you can see it as a very regal piece of furniture, just like a throne.