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.
Euroluce at Milan Design Week happens every two years and it is one of the most popular events of the festival. As a Renaissance city, Milan is the perfect foil to the newest technologies in light and a spectacular canvas for installations. This year ideas took to the stars, with constellations and sculptural nuance drawn from nature or providing a counterbalance to it. more space went inside the concrete bunker at Foscarin and explored new work from New York’s Roll & Hill. Let there be light!
Today all eyes are on Cassina. more space heads to the Sala delle Colonne on Via Durini. located at the back of the Cassina showroom where the Chandigarh Project in tribute to the architect Pierre Jeanneret has been unveiled, alongside 'The Cassina Perspective’ an eye-popping installation by art director Patricia Urquiola featuring a panorama of colours, textures, and products from modern icons to new innovations. Here is what we found...
It’s day two of exhibitions, talks, launches, parties and installations in some of Milan’s most private and public spaces, earning Milan Design Week its pole position as design leader. B&B Italia is celebrating the 50th birthday of the groundbreaking UP 5&6 armchair designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969; Glas Italia has released designs in iridescent colour and fluid form, and GTV has collaborated with Michael Anastassiades who plays with the traditions of wood.
It’s Milan Design Week! The annual pilgrimage to the world’s biggest design exhibition is in full swing and our first day on the ground reveals the beauty of the historic Palazzo Crivelli gardens with Living Divani to celebrate their 50th birthday; the Mediateca Santa Teresa with Moooi and their posse of designers including Front; and Zona Tortona where SP01’s collection combines precision metal work, tradition and pure architectural geometry .
Describing his work as "minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of unexpected vitality”, designer Michael Anastassiades designs products, furniture and lighting that strikes a balance between art and the practicalities of function, while bringing a certain magic to each design.
This year British designer Lee Broom chose Sydney over Milan to unveil ‘Park Life’, a poetic journey of light and discovery inspired by the traditional garden parks of 18th century Europe and unfolding within the underground car park of Space Furniture’s flagship showroom.
Milanese brand La Double J. has collaborated with Kartell for the first time producing a collection of curated pieces from the Kartell archives that mix their signature vintage prints with Kartell’s 70-year design legacy.
Designer Rick Tegelaar is fascinated by materials, especially the ones he describes as ‘undervalued’. His Meshmatics Chandelier for Moooi takes its form from the simple beauty of chicken wire mesh, developed in a unique process he designed in his Arnhem studio in The Netherlands.
British designer Lee Broom is heading to Sydney to create one of his most significant exhibitions to date with an immersive installation in collaboration with Space. The large-scale installation entitled ‘Park Life’ will be showcased for one week only in Sydney and will be the first exhibition by Lee Broom in Australia.
Like the Red Blue Chair, the Zig-Zag, the Schröder 1 and the Utrecht, the limited edition Beugel is an example of architect Gerrit Rietveld’s experimental approach to design – ideas that fellow designer Charlotte Perriand also championed in the 1920s.