Created in 2016 by architects Silvana Vergara and Catherine Jessurum, GRES is the organic result of playful experiments with handwoven fabrics. Driven by curiosity and through contact with many local artisans, we noticed a common thread plaguing Colombia´s rural communities: the interest in learning traditional crafts and techniques is vanishing; especially among the younger generations, in addition we noticed that a lack of resources prevented many artisans from acquiring the raw materials necessary to produce their products, which, in turn, are necessary as a means of subsistence. We started by playing around with threads, mixing colors and understanding patterns, we found the smallest object we could test on was a pillow, and that is how our first collection of pillows emerged. We went on to learning about other types of weaving techniques and understanding it’s aesthetics. Ever since we have been curious about learning more ways in which the wonderful world of textiles works, as well as improving in the craftsmanship of our collections. This endless desire to make new things has lead us to dive into the realms of chamba pottery and lighting design. Our love for interior design and architecture is part of the DNA of the brand, which is reflected in the shapes and geometry of our products. We are always looking to create objects with a soul, that tell a story, that will adjust to an interior and that will add richness, texture and enhance it.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Catherine graduated from Architecture School from Los Andes University in Bogotá. she currently runs the interior design division for DEB consulting. Her attention to detail, passion for product design and her relentless curiosity to solve technical issues are reflected in all of GRES products.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana was raised in Bogotá where she obtained a degree in Architecture at Los Andes University. After co-founding GRES, she received her MFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she currently resides. Silvana combines her passion for design, materials and techniques with her inquisitive curiosity to develop the GRES design concepts on display in every product and collection.