Manó, the creator of this unique plant-based material made from kombucha (fermented tea), has dedicated her experiments to understanding the ways in which it interacts with other materials such as glass, metal and ceramics. Through a controlled fermentation process, she allows the natural tendencies of the SCOBY to guide her in exploring the possibilities and limitations of this organic material.
Manó's work delves into the intricate relationship between the man-made world and nature, challenging the notion of how humanity has arrived at the brink of destroying our planet. Sustainability is the foundation of her project, as she seamlessly blends everyday materials with organic ones. She embraces the natural process of aging and decay as a rebellion against the plastic culture.
Over the years, she has crafted many pieces using recycled glass such as wine bottles and vintage glass found at flea markets. Currently she is experimenting with metal and rust, embracing the exciting journey of discovery and innovation.
With a focus on creating everyday pieces such as vases, lanterns and candle holders that enhance the beauty of any home, she firmly believes that art should be accessible to all, not just the elite. Each piece is thoughtfully crafted with the intention of making everyday life more pleasant, while also serving as a reminder of the importance of working towards a sustainable future.