WHY ROUTE ARTLANTIQUE
We believe that designers hold the key to changing the world for the better in all that they create, build and envision for humanity. We believe that exchanging with designers of different cultures brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us, make us create a long-lasting and prosperous change for the planet and its people. Africa is the perfect place to capture the essence of this unique learn-through-travel experience with a rapidly growing and increasingly sophisticated design scene.
This is not just a workshop and this is not just a comtemplative journey. This is an exciting adventure in which you will take part actively, not just as an observer.
HOW ROUTE STARTED
ROUTE founder Ramon Llonch, starts a personal project in 2010, Artlantique, in which together with local West African craftsmen, turns old boats (used by the fisherman of Senegal) into quirky and colorful domestic furniture, such as chairs, tables, cabinets and even a table football. Once the fishermen return to the beach after the days fishing, the boats, seen from a distance form an extensive colorful mosaic of lively colored geometric designs.
Attracted by the beauty of this scene, and the culture of recycling and repurposing everyday objects that abounds in many African societies, Ramon asked himself if after their long, ocean going life, the wood could be in good enough condition to begin a new life. To be reincarnated into furniture.
Five years later, convinced of the importance of design as an instrument of social transformation, Ramon decides to give Artlantique project an academic dimension bringing young international students to Senegal with the opportunity to know, learn and experience the potential of African creativity and craft work. In the summer of 2015 Route Artlantique project was born. The first creative workshop journey to Senegal.
Artlantique is a company founded in 2010 by Ramón Llonch. It’s mission: to transform into objects of design the wood of old African fishing boats. (www.artlantique.com).