Leading up to their 30th anniversary in 2017 Nani Marquina launches ‘Nanimarquina, 30 years in 5 minutes’, a film rich in process that explores the journey of one of the world’s most creative rug makers.
Here more space looks back on the Spanish brand's history.
In many parts of the world where Spanish rug maker Nanimarquina works, craftsmanship is generational and the process is just as important as the final design.
Head designer, founder and namesake Nani Marquina, founded the Barcelona-based, family owned, contemporary rug making company in 1987 at the height of a surge in popularity for Spanish design.
Always looking for ways to reinvent the meaning and possibilities of their craft, the group experiments with the traditional skills of rug making transformed in the hands of the craftspeople and designers they collaborate with.
The nomadic origins of rug making and its strong symbolism inspired the group to work all over the world. Researching weaving techniques, the simplicity of materials and the beauty of textures, colours and shapes, in 1993 Nanimarquina moved its production to the north of India where the group now works with centuries-old local skills that have been passed down, generation by generation.
It’s here that Nanimarquina blends the beauty of old skills and cultures with contemporary ideas in collaboration with designers including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Doshi Levien’s Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, and Ron Arad.
The collections they produce offer a new personal experience and a philosophy connecting east and west, creating balance and reinvigorating creativity through heritage.
For architect and designer Achille Castiglioni, the answer to that question is curiosity. To celebrate his 100th birthday, we catch up with Giovanna Castiglioni at the Foundation Achille Castiglioni to find out more about the year-long program of events that share the work of a man who truly understood design.
Studio Juju is Singapore designers Priscilla Lui and Timo Wong. Their work traverses furniture, products and interiors and carries the spirit of 1960s contemporary art – minimal in form, often saturated in colour, and embedded with an optimism that says "hello, let's try something new".
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders was recently in Australia to talk about hotels, a favourite topic for the product designer who recently completed the Mondrian in Qatar. Joined by Tracey Wiles and Jonathan Richards, more space takes a look at the ideas and themes behind the world's most exciting hotels today, and what we might see next.
"A Life Individual" visits the home of architect Gwen Tan, a very personal space that opens up to the natural beauty of Singapore now one of the greenest cities in the world. "Our home is built upon the lifestyle we embrace. We love to entertain; we are passionate about plants and natural light. This house is designed to allow indulgences in these simple pleasures."
Nestled amongst pristine rainforest in Byron Bay, the newly renovated Byron at Byron is the first resort by Sydney-based design firm Luchetti Krelle. more space caught up with Rachel Luchetti to discuss the brief, the new restaurant for chef Matthew Kemp, and the design influence of the traditional Australian verandah.
At a time when hotels are looking to design with fresh eyes, more space caught up with Tracey to discuss where hotels are heading, the impact of the sharing economy, her favourite places in the world to stay, and why designers may be holding the golden ticket.
Under the direction art director Patricia Urquiola, two of the latest products for the Cassina collection were designed by two new designers to the group – French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and German designer Konstantin Grcic.
Spanish designer Eugeni Quitllet explores transparency and the play of light in a new series of lamps designed for Foscarini. A self-described dreamer, the designer's Satellite collection is ephemeral and weightless in appearance, and the subject of a short film that captures its beauty and simplicity within a series of evocative Venetian vignettes.
New Zealand born and London-based, Tim Rundle has designed the latest collection for Australian brand SP01 inspired by design history, making, an Australian colour palette and bringing together a diverse mix of materials. more space caught up with Tim to chat about the ideas and influences behind the new range.
The work of Swedish design studio Front moves across furniture, products, interiors and installation design, and often communicates a story about the making process, or the material they have chosen. Working with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Chair N.0 is inspired by the classic Chair N.14 – one of the most iconic chairs of our time.