I am Medardo Agurcia
and I come from a long line of artists in my native La Ceiba, Honduras
Some of my earliest memories are of watching my grandmother making pinatas and costumes for local fairs and festivals. Every Christmas we set up the nativity scene with all of its meticulously hand crafted items representing village life in Honduras for the public to visit and enjoy. This practice continued when we arrived in the United States.
I have a great uncle, Confucio, whose painting, El Forjador, hung for many years in the Louvre and an uncle Mario who performed throughout Central America with his Cantinflas act.
When we arrived in New Orleans the love for fanfare and art and music that is visible throughout the city kept me connected to the traditions that shaped my childhood.
The discovery of my own artistic vision arrived late in life and has shown me that the line of inspiration and naturally born talent remains unbroken.
Now I know unequivocally what I am meant to do in this life
with a focus and sense of purpose that is unshakeable
The name Odradem says it all. It is Medardo spelled backwards, so my spirit and identity are ingrained in everything that I create. It is the mirror reflection of who I am; inseparable from my personality.
I constantly push on boundaries. Of nationality and social convention. Thought and speech. Now it is time for the design world to feel my fearless presence. To be in awe of this entirely new thing brought to the light by my hands.
Nothing like this has ever been done. I am taking furniture design to the new millenium. Showing the way. The blueprint. The prototype for the future where nature and culture reunite.
So please join me on my journey and experience beauty transformed and unconstrained
as it is meant to be. Odradem is a creature of our times. It points the way to a world without clutter where we are connected to our environment in both a primal and refined manner. It brings honesty and satisfaction back to our lives.
Odradem is my life's dream but it is just as much about you. There are no set rules as to what it can be. Reimagine what you see here or ask for something you don't.
And we'll see where the process takes us.