Creating sustainable art and culture across both sides of the border with Casa Tamarindo

Casa Tamarindo

It is no secret that our border relations have long inspired some of the most substantive (and grueling) art of our era––of course, when human rights are at stake, it is only natural that humanity becomes the artists’ center piece.

For Casa Tamarindo, however, the border’s impact on art has shifted their focus on a subject less covered: the environment, and specifically, how to use international creativity to help sustain it.

A bi-national sustainable design house, Casa Tamarindo was founded by Ita Lilienthal in 2017 as a way to galvanize not just cross-border collaborations, but collaborations that focused on using only sustainable and reusable material from both countries as the means of producing art and work opportunities for those on both sides fo the border.

“The main inspiration that kickstarted our company really came from the first times I ever started making art,” Lilienthal described to us. “For me, art had always been a form to inspire change––and with the environmental problems of today––I felt like I was being hypocritical knowing the materials I was using to talk about these issues were actually part of the problem.”

Through the use of what most deem waste, Casa Tamarindo has worked to construct highly-acclaimed and equally creative installations featured across both countries, including Camp Flog Gnaw set design for R&B singer Raveena, interior and furniture design for developments across San Diego and Tijuana, and more. 

“Every major art movement came from out of a technological breakthrough. Be it the impressionist and tube-paint; be it rock-and-roll and electric guitars––for me, it’s like, ‘What are the next tools that we can create to give birth to a culturally relevant movement of environmental-friendly art?’”

Ita and Casa Tamarindo will be featured at our upcoming Future Standard Music & Art Experience on October 12th, unveiling a new and expansive set design inspired by San Diego history and culture, created with the community support of @guayaki.