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Prototypical Duho inspired meditation stools, inspired by the Taino ceremonial seat of ritual known as the “Duho”. The design of the stools took their starting point in the ceremonial chairs of the Taino’s (one of the native people of the Caribbean). These chairs today are scattered in private collections and European museums. As two people with heritages from the two sides of the extremely divided island of “Hispaniola” (Haiti and Dominican Republic). We wanted to revisit this artifact as a way of connecting and understanding our heritages through an intentional place of unity and we wanted to explore how this could be imagined through design and space. Elements of the Taino design were interpreted into stools that could be made today with sustainable materials available to us in Denmark. So rather than using the original wood from the Caribbean (as it is endangered today) they were made out of locally available Danish wood, locally made linseed oil and upholstered cushions. The design references the original ceremonial chairs through their close proximity to the ground, the chunky legs that support the seat, and the ceramic holder for local plant life. These prototypes are our latest point of departure for investigation into Taino material culture that lies scattered in Imperial countries.







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