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December 22, 2012
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  Calma Chicha's high-ceilinged storefront displays home wares at every scale. “Pouffes (from $46) were one of our first products, and we have become famous for them. When we first started, the traditional, pear-shaped version was the only one on the market. So we started doing other shapes, including oblong ones big enough to seat three people. The covers, which can be changed, are made of elasticized gabardine, so they stretch to accommodate every type of bottom. We were the first here to make sheets in cotton jersey ($95). And we sell a lot of cowhide placemats ($15), as well. Argentina is a big exporter of cowhide, but it’s much cheaper to buy here. It’s worth remembering that the hides are from animals that have already been slaughtered for meat, so the material does have an ecological aspect."

    Calma Chicha's high-ceilinged storefront displays home wares at every scale. “Pouffes (from $46) were one of our first products, and we have become famous for them. When we first started, the traditional, pear-shaped version was the only one on the market. So we started doing other shapes, including oblong ones big enough to seat three people. The covers, which can be changed, are made of elasticized gabardine, so they stretch to accommodate every type of bottom. We were the first here to make sheets in cotton jersey ($95). And we sell a lot of cowhide placemats ($15), as well. Argentina is a big exporter of cowhide, but it’s much cheaper to buy here. It’s worth remembering that the hides are from animals that have already been slaughtered for meat, so the material does have an ecological aspect."

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  B.K.F. Chair, $320“We have always loved the B.K.F. chair, and back when we started, nobody was reproducing them. Now they’re in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Very few people know it is an Argentine design. The frames are made locally, and we offer various covers: canvas, cowhide, fur. At the moment, we are working on one printed with a crocodile pattern.”

    B.K.F. Chair, $320“We have always loved the B.K.F. chair, and back when we started, nobody was reproducing them. Now they’re in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Very few people know it is an Argentine design. The frames are made locally, and we offer various covers: canvas, cowhide, fur. At the moment, we are working on one printed with a crocodile pattern.”

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   Robin Day Chair, $60 “This is one of the few pieces we buy from an outside supplier. They’re extremely comfortable, well-priced, and you can use them all over the house, indoors or out.”

     Robin Day Chair, $60

    “This is one of the few pieces we buy from an outside supplier. They’re extremely comfortable, well-priced, and you can use them all over the house, indoors or out.”

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  Co-owner Diego Olinik, pictured here, says, "Twenty years ago, there were very few original designers in Argentina; there was more of a tendency to copy from abroad. Now there is more inspiration from within. The development of Palermo as a creative hub has helped this process immensely.” 

    Co-owner Diego Olinik, pictured here, says, "Twenty years ago, there were very few original designers in Argentina; there was more of a tendency to copy from abroad. Now there is more inspiration from within. The development of Palermo as a creative hub has helped this process immensely.” 

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  Striped Cushions, from $35 “We make cushions in lots of materials and sizes. They’re one of our most popular products. Here there is a big demand for large cushions, maybe because Argentines like to sit on the floor!”

    Striped Cushions, from $35

    “We make cushions in lots of materials and sizes. They’re one of our most popular products. Here there is a big demand for large cushions, maybe because Argentines like to sit on the floor!”

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  Penguin Jug, $14 “These are made in a local ceramics workshop. It’s a reissue of a traditional jug, used to serve barreled wine, that always came accompanied with an old-fashioned soda siphon. These days, you can use it as a water jug. The fun part is seeing the water pour from the penguin’s beak. They make a great souvenir.”

    Penguin Jug, $14

    “These are made in a local ceramics workshop. It’s a reissue of a traditional jug, used to serve barreled wine, that always came accompanied with an old-fashioned soda siphon. These days, you can use it as a water jug. The fun part is seeing the water pour from the penguin’s beak. They make a great souvenir.”

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  Patchwork Cowhide Rug, $430

    Patchwork Cowhide Rug, $430

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  The Vertical Bag, $95 “This is another one of our own products, inspired by a plastic shopping bag that we had made up in leather. It’s one of our best sellers and roomy enough for a laptop computer.”

    The Vertical Bag, $95

    “This is another one of our own products, inspired by a plastic shopping bag that we had made up in leather. It’s one of our best sellers and roomy enough for a laptop computer.”

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  Zinc Box, $65 “We have been using zinc a lot lately, loosely inspired by the roofs of Argentine workshops and factories. Zinc doesn’t rust and doesn’t need a second finish, so it’s easy to work with. You can use these boxes for storing rubbish or dog food or toys. They’re very useful objects.”

    Zinc Box, $65

    “We have been using zinc a lot lately, loosely inspired by the roofs of Argentine workshops and factories. Zinc doesn’t rust and doesn’t need a second finish, so it’s easy to work with. You can use these boxes for storing rubbish or dog food or toys. They’re very useful objects.”

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