How we make our Solamante logos

27 May 2014

Our Solamante bags and baskets are all 100% original designs, their simplicity and elegance brings out your smile; helping to make the world feel like a lighter, simpler, more energised and happier place. This means that it's usually easy to identify that a bag is a Solamante bag but to be sure you only have to see if the bag carries our golden sun - the logo that identifies and decorates all of our products.

This exquisite golden disc was designed by Andrew Wolffe and his team, who were capable of encapsulating everything that we wanted to transmit within our logo. These first drafts were very gratifying because we began to believe that it was going to be possible to achieve the elusive form that we had been striving for.

Design of the Solamante logos

One of our most important desires was to bring the design to life in a physical form. So once we had the 2 dimensional design completed to our satifaction we began to investigate options to translate it into a 3 dimensional object. We wanted to be able to touch it, attach it, hang it, decorate it and to let the air flow between its golden sunbeams.

At the start of the production process we were lucky to be able to count on the help of our friend Vitor, a polyglot if ever there was one, who is extremely gifted at finding inventive, ingenious solutions. Like the rest of our materials we wanted our logos to be produced here in Spain, the nearer to Valencia the better, given that one of the key tenets of Solamante is sustainable local production and it was thanks to Vitor that we were able to achieve this.

Last summer we produced our logo in two different sizes, large and small, and these have used to decorate all of our products. This season when we required more we made sure that we were able to visit the workshop so that we could document the process with our trusty camera and the craftsmen went out of their way to explain their equipment and processes to us, all the while working in close proximity to the molten metal.

As you'll be albe to see in the photos, the silver liquid (Zamac) is poured into silicone moulds which when cooled can be opened to reveal the "wheel" of Solamante logos.

The silicone moulds
The silicone moulds
The reverse of the silicone moulds
The reverse of the silicone moulds (reading material included!)
A detailed view of the silicone moulds
A detailed view of the silicone moulds
Blocks of Zamac
Blocks of Zamac
The texture of the Zamac
The texture of the Zamac
The molten Zamac
The molten Zamac

Each logo is then separated manually from the "wheel" and smoothed by hand.

A wheel of Solamante logos
A wheel of Solamante logos
The Solamante logos after separation from the wheel
The Solamante logos after separation from the wheel
The Solamante logos after being smoothed
The Solamante logos after being smoothed

In this workshop, they have been adapting these techniques across the generations. At present, a father and his son work together, slowly but steadily completing their list of tasks for the day. In a corner of the room they have shelves that are packed full with the silicone moulds that they use for themselves and their clients..just who these clients are (apart from Solamante) we're not allowed to say!

The Solamante logos before being bathed in gold
The Solamante logos before being bathed in gold

Now they are almost complete, the only thing left to do is to bathe them in gold and then they're truly ready.