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.
When Fernando and Humberto Campana began work on the New Hotel project in Athens 10 years ago, little did they know just how important the project would be, not only for their own practice, but also for the local artisans and architects who joined in on the adventure.
Rising above the gritty, urban heart of Sydney, Cleveland Rooftop designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, balances equal parts architecture and landscape and is a living case study for how cities could and should develop – while demonstrating first-hand how embracing nature shapes a happier life.
Father and son collaborators Alberto and Francesco Meda reveal Aledin Tec for Italian manufacturer Kartell, an LED task lamp in two versions – Tec and Dec – one designed for the office and the other for home.
We meet Spanish designer Jaime Hayon whose ideas across art and design are big and colourful, always fun, and in recent years have included a large green chicken, a giant porcelain doll, and a zebra-striped polar bear wearing a gold top hat.
A stand out on the MPavilion program this year was 'Design Your Own Pavilion' dreamt up and run by architects Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips of OpenHAUS. Their weekend design workshop looked at what a pavilion was and how you might design one, and engaged more than 30 kids in the adventure.
Named a UNESCO Creativity City of Design in 2015, we take a look at the region's new design hotspot where Space Furniture both strategically and somewhat fortuitously, opened its South East Asa flagship more than a decade ago.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
We visit the Rose Seidler House for a spring picnic tour with Space and a group of architects, engineers and designers from across Australia. Nearly 70-years since the house was completed, its popularity reveals even more than Harry Seidler's exciting and radical vision for the suburban home in 1950.
Launched by Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz and based in east London, Minimalux has been steadily building a collection of bespoke personal design items that are refined in detail and finished by hand – and attracting a worldwide following including design entrepreneur Casper Vissers.
With legendary art director Massimo Morozzi, founders Valerio and Monica Mazzei launched Edra in the final days of the Memphis movement, developing an advanced research hub where designers, including Zaha Hadid, Francesco Binfaré and Fernando and Humberto Campana, helped establish Edra's reputation as the avant-garde of the Italian design industry.