Quiénes Somos

 

Somos una pareja sumergida en el mundo del diseño y las artes con sede en Azuero, Panamá. En el año 2016 iniciamos este espacio creativo llamado Totuma Panamá para desarrollar ideas a partir de un material universalmente hermoso, la madera.
 

El nombre "Totuma" para nosotros representa algo natural, bello y funcional. La totuma, tapara o morro es una vasija de origen vegetal, fruto del árbol del totumo o taparo, nativo de América Central y del Sur. La totuma se ha usado tradicionalmente en el interior de la República de Panamá para actividades cotidianas y aún es común encontrar muchas de estas piezas talladas con hermosos diseños. 

Totuma Panamá se enfoca en la realización del diseño de espacios ofreciendo una variedad de piezas de mobiliario y otros artículos de madera que cumplan con los más altos estándares de calidad.

 

Nuestro proceso de creación comienza con la recolección de la materia prima. Saber de dónde proviene nuestra madera es parte fundamental de nuestro trabajo. Es por ello que recolectamos árboles caídos en el área de Azuero, cada pieza creada en nuestro taller se realiza con una madera eco amigable que a su vez es tratada meticulosamente para hacer de cada tabla una pieza única, curada y diseñada para que refleje la belleza y bondades de la naturaleza.

Jina | Designer

Jina was born in Chitre, Panama. With a creative spirit, she has a passion and an eye for design.  Always experimenting with photography, painting, and mixed media art forms. As an Architect,  Artist, and Mother Jina takes pride in her roots. The rich history and tradition of her home peninsula, Azuero, and her life experiences through travel have given her a unique esthetic in her creative process. Fusing the colors and natural elements found in Panamanian culture and nature, she combines a contemporary and mid-century design with a very minimalist approach. In a world with so much excess Jina chooses to practice "the art of less" making it a part of her daily life and work. Jina’s design work is usually represented by clean lines and subtle curves that give way to the more important elements such as the beauty of the material and the functionality of the piece. It's these aspects that truly allows the wood to speak for itself. The end result are pieces that are timeless in design and an ambiance that creates a harmonious experience. 

Derek | Craftsman

Originally from Ohio, USA Derek is a self-taught Craftsman and Father. Derek worked for years in the film and tv industry as a Director of Photography before moving to Panama where he took his hobby of woodworking full time. Derek has an incredible eye for detail in everything he is working on. With his visual background in cinematography, Derek combines his eye for composition, continuity, and symmetry to bring out the harmony of colors and lines that working with such a natural medium like wood allows him to do. As an avid outdoorsman, Derek has always been drawn to nature to find peace and connection with his surroundings. Having that affinity for the world around him has led him on a journey of exploring a real technical aspect and understanding of wood as a medium and how it incorporates and enriches our everyday lives. With a focus on contemporary and mid-century modern construction, Derek uses a mixture of power tools and traditional hand tools to bring his furniture together.  Using the highest quality construction standards and techniques ensures each piece will last a lifetime. 

© 2016  by  Totuma Panamá.

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