Cool Lab is an innovative project aiming to experiment with collaboration between artisans, designers, schools, companies and professional organizations and institutions.
These collaborations are an opportunity for young designers and entrepreneurs from all over the world to discover Peruvian crafts, as well as for the artisans to develop their expertise and share their considerable knowledge. Artisans and designers will work together, sharing skills, techniques and processes, to create a collection of cross-cultural products.
The main tool of Cool Lab will be its website where video profiles of different Peruvian artisans will be uploaded, allowing designers from everywhere to connect with them and discover the diversity of their traditional crafts. These video profiles will explore and cultivate the character and potential of each artisan by drawing on their personal stories and skills - the aim is to preserve the different identities of each craftsperson rather than homogenize. Seeing what these artisans do and the way they work and live showcased in these videos will inspire young designers to consider their work from new perspectives.
The personal stories of the Peruvian artisans and the particular history of the area will form the basis for events and workshops that will be developed alongside local universities and institutions. This step will help us understand the mechanics of the market and the relation between craft and design while also encouraging debate about the industry’s future.
Using the Cool Lab website, young designers will be able to communicate their ideas and sketches to the artisans, making their collaboration easy and direct. Working with universities and institutions will also help by offering a space for foreign designers and local artisans to work on their joint projects.
By providing an online platform for such a significant intercultural and inter- institutional exchange, Cool Lab will develop an identity and community of its own with a diverse spectrum of participating members.
After making its start in Peru, Cool Lab will aim to increase the input of artisans from different countries and cultures who will all provide their stories and personal experiences and in turn create a design collaboration movement that would become something of an anthropological adventure.