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.
A re-focus on our Modernist design masters reveals the rational, pared back work of Franco Albini, an architect who connected modernity with tradition, history and culture.
Featuring new designs fresh from Milan Design Week, Space Furniture launches the iconic B&B Italia collection with a series of new look interiors that explore the creative collaboration between the two groups which began over 30 years ago.
Designer Arihiro Miyake is on the go. With a studio in Helsinki, any given week might also find Miyake in Amsterdam with Moooi, in Milan visitng the many collaborators and manufacterurs he works with, or in Japan working on a new interior. more space caught up with the designer to find out more…
While the Venice Architecture Biennale is in full swing, more space goes inside the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli now home to the Aman Grand Canal Hotel. Originally designed n 1570 the latest intervention by Jean-Michel Gathy embraces the palace’s opulent history, layering it with a curated collection of contemporary design.
Designed by Italian studio Metrica and made by local manufacturers in Italy, ten new additions to the SP01 Design collection include occasional chairs, a sofa, a bench seat, armchairs, and a selection of new tables that add character and depth to the collection.
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In a major collaboration between the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and New York's Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition 'MoMA: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art' shines a light on the radical design thinkers, artists and art movements that remain hugely influential today.
At the heart of Kartell’s new Crossing Generation project aimed at bringing the Kartell community (and beyond) together through collaboration, is a diverse group of designers, stylists, musicians, filmmakers and artists including think-tank Fabrica, stylist Diletta Bonaiuti and designer Xiang Guan.