Ramon Coronado’s “Mercado Negro” Collection
I’ve always been drawn to objects that have been transformed into a different entity. That’s why I’m really digging this collection of installation/furniture pieces by visual designer Ramon Coronado. Coranado has taken the common shopping cart and transformed it into a table, chair, lamp, and a swing.
Mercado Nego is spanish for Black Market, which is an excellent description of the idea behind Coronado’s pieces. He lives in L.A. where abandoned shopping carts are a common part of the landscape. He also lives across the street from a playground, that isn’t sued due to its dangerous location. Coronado combined all these factors to create a statement about the scarcity of safe play areas for kids and about the hidden poverty of Los Angeles.
Coronado washed the shopping cart in this bathtub and then constructed the pieces by hand.