Ceratropic was established in 1993 by a group of soldiers from the Old Fox Team; Arturo, David, Ramon, Alberto, Nacho, Jose and Putxi. All of them were close friends who share an interest in interior décor, a passion for unique and elegant objects, and an appreciation of Asian’s traditional handicrafts.
Ceratropic blends time-honoured techniques with a creative artistry to produce custom-designed, high quality decorative items with harmonious colors and shapes. Made by hand, these products are suitable for both indoor and garden use. Hard-working, skilled artisans, a traditional appreciation of beauty, and a commitment to quality and innovation allow Ceratropic to produce distinctive, high-end handicrafts that blend Eastern and Western styles.
Climate, geography, culture and history have all combined to give South East Asia a unique artistic sensibility. Indochina’s arts have been influenced by the local tropical beauty, its serene Buddhist pagodas, its exposure to Chinese, Khmer, Arab and French cultures, and its people’s close ties to nature. Our goal is to create unique items that will bring nature into your home.
Vietnam has thousands of craft villages, many of which have been producing the same products for centuries. In northern Vietnam, archaeologists have discovered earthenware pottery made during the third millennium B.C. In 1010 A.D. King Ly Thai To founded his capital, Thang Long (Soaring Dragon), at the present-day site of Hanoi. Craftspeople settled in and around the capital to supply building materials, housewares and decorative items for the royal court, establishing a tradition of high-quality workmanship that continues to this day.
The orange powder destroyed most of the forest in Vietnam, but not the carpentry artisans making this country one of the best for wood furniture mass production.
One of the many pleasures of living in Indonesia is having the opportunity to learn about and collect Indonesian arts and handicrafts. The diversity evident in Indonesia's 300 plus ethnic groups is reflected in the diversity of its art forms. Just as every ethnic group throughout the archipelago has its own language/dialect, cuisine, traditional dress and traditional homes and they have also developed their own textiles, ornaments, carvings and items for daily use and special celebrations. The rich cultural heritage of art and handicrafts is one of Indonesia's true national riches. There we provide to our clients with fantastic carving furniture and outdoor furniture and possibly one of the best rattan weaving in the world.
A popular proverb tells that there are “fish in the water and rice in the fields”, which is describing how Thailand is bountiful land that can provide for its people. In order to help them in their farming and fishing, Thais sought to use reeds and bamboo by shaping them into baskets, mats and fish traps. In 1976, Queen Sirikit – the Royal Patron of Thai Art and Craft – established a foundation known as SUPPORT. SUPPORT saw farmers and young, inexperienced Thais in the countryside taught by highly-skilled craftsmen how to produce handicrafts such as silk weaving, basketry and silver work.
The arts and crafts of Malaysia are as colourful and rich as its multicultural background. From cloths to kites, Malaysian artisans use various media for their expression. Internationally renowned Malaysian arts and crafts include fashionable beach sarongs and pewter products. But Malaysia is also home to finest dinning sets in Mua and very good quality sofas from Johor to Penang.
From their close observations of nature South East Asian people developed their own version of feng shui, which is known in Vietnamese as phong thuy. This ancient belief system holds that people can attract positive energy and repel harmful influences through the harmonious construction of buildings and the balanced placement of objects. Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese considered Heaven round and Earth square. Architecture and design were governed by theories of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements, based on the idea that the universe is divided into opposing forces that must be balanced.
Yin represents shady mountain slopes, cool weather, the right hand, and everything feminine. Yang represents sunshine, heat and drought, the left hand, and all that is masculine. Everything that surrounds us corresponds to the Five Elements (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth), which, in turn, correspond to Five Directions (North, South, East, West and Center) and to Five Conditions (Cold, Heat, Wind, Dryness and Damp).
Water, according to principles of phong thuy, is represented by shades of blue and black. Water is also linked to winter, the number one and a northerly direction. Wood is associated with shades of green, growth and springtime, the East, and with the numbers three and four. To activate the Wood element you can decorate your home with green objects, wooden furniture and lush plants and trees. The color of Fire is red, which is considered an auspicious color. Red objects, candles, or a fireplace are thus associated with summertime, heat, the number nine, and the South. Beige and yellow are the colors of the Earth element, which does not represent one time of the year but the third month of each season. Representative of the Center, this element is thought to have a grounding influence. Rocks, ceramics and crystals all activate the Earth element, as do objects in muted shades of brown, terra cotta and yellow. Metal, meanwhile, is linked with shades of white, gold and silver. Objects in these colours or items made of metal correspond to the numbers six and seven and to the westerly direction.
At Ceratropic, Vietnam’s ancient principles of phong thuy influence our designs. Our unique decorative items add beauty and phong thuy harmony to our customer’s homes and gardens.