BACK TO BASICS
CURATED BY ANA DOMINGUEZ SIEMENS
Our new reality is probably far from what we had imagined. We had been exploring every new material and technology as soon as they became available. We had our minds put in a future in which we would find answers to our doubts and problems if we focused on what new science had to offer.
The lockdown experience sort of put us back in a place of reflection, we were somehow forced to slow down and think. Watch, observe. What started as an annoying moment turned out to be a perfect timing for taking a pause, looking around us, and seeing the myriad of possibilities and all the fulfillment that simple things could provide. Maybe it is time to go back to basics, if not forever, for a while. Time to use our creativity and apply it to our immediate world, use what is there for us to re-think, re-use, recycle, see with new eyes what has always been there in front of us.… We probably thought we had all the answers, but maybe we needed to change the questions.
Studio la Cube is questioning mankind’s relation to nature, by domesticating the raw and unpolished through shaping Jesmonite into side tables looking like rocks. Julia Esque’s mirror has five planes bent in stainless steel. In consequence, each face interprets a new reality, reflecting unpredicted views of the surrounding environment. Ines Sistiaga with her hand-tufted wall pieces is embracing the intuitive, by transforming her quick doodles into textile wall pieces through her time-consuming techniques.
INES SISTIAGA /
EIXAMPLE & POBLE NOU WOOL TAPESTRIES
In her “Trip Collection”, Ines explores the colour and materiality of wool in graphic compositions that represent nothing more than her hand movements while intuitively doodling. She sees them as fast paintings that get painstakingly translated to thread; lines that belong to hand movements scaled up to textile tapestries. She compares the creation of these panels to going for a walk without destination. This lack of rigour disappears when she starts making, tufting them in her studio in Madrid with a yarn gun. The physical effort and focus, which this process requires, feels like a mantra to her. The sound and movement of the machine, the speed and tension of the yarn, and the hand drawn limits that mark the composition are what this symbiotic trip, between her and the machine, is about.
Hand tufted with natural dyed Dutch sheep’s wool. Finished with “Latxa” wool from the Basque country in Spain.
€ 625–865 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||60x45x4 / 85x60x4|
|Weight (kg)||2 kg|
LUCAS MUÑOZ /
TUBULAR CHAIR (SPECIAL EDITION)
Produced with standard ventilation ducts and connectors, plus a hanging leather piece, this unique edition has been illustrated by Antigoon, a Dutch street artist.
€ 12.000 ex. VAT
ALVARO CATALÁN DE OCÓN /
“CU” CERAMIC VASES
“CU”, is a collection of pieces created in ceramic, copper, and silica with an innovative technique where, as a sort of alchemy, each piece is transformed into a new object in which colors and lines that ornate it emerge in an absolutely unique way through the firing process.
Basketry and ceramics are two of the world’s oldest handicrafts, there are vestiges of pieces of pottery of the Neolithic Age showing that the clay had been molded around a basket structure, showing the interrelation between those two crafts. In this new project, we wanted to return to those first experiments that mix different craft techniques. As a way of a contemporary analogy, we applied a mesh fabric that will leave its mark on the ceramic when fired, marking the vases with mechanical drawings from the industrial process of the fabric production. In this way, abstract patterns are generated that, when applied to the ceramic and after the firing process, leave a pattern between chaos and order. In addition, silica turns the ceramic impermeable while becoming deep green in contact with the copper.
€ 240-750 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||16×15 / 14×21 / 18×34 / 20×45|
|Material||copper, earthenware, glazed ceramic|
JÚLIA ESQUÉ /
“Narciso” is both a functional and playful mirror, it offers new dimensions within its interaction. Inspired by beveled mirrors, it has five planes that are set apart. In consequence, each face interprets a new reality, reflecting unpredicted views of the environment.
Made out of a bent stainless steel plate, polished on the front and matte brushed on the back. Project Commissioned by Reisinger Studio.
€ 430 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||33x25x7|
MARTÍ GUIXÉ /
RESPECT CHEAP FURNITURE (7/50)
Monobloc plastic chair from Turkey, acrylic painting, inscribed with a marker: RESPECT CHEAP FURNITURE
Limited edition of 50 +5 ap. Each signed and numbered
Currently in the collection of:
No. 5/50 MAK, Wien
No. 6/50 Pinakothek der Moderne, München
No. 9/50 Volker Albus
No. 22/50 Petra Helm
No. 23/50 Martin Rinderknecht
No. 50/50 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
No. 33/50 Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
€ 3000 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITIONS: 50
|Full dimensions (cm)||41x52x90|
Read the exclusive interview in Adorno Editorial
“The ‘back to basics’ mood was something that occurred naturally, it was a feeling of running away from anything artificial or ‘fantastic’, I felt the need to look at more human, more down to earth work.”
– Ana Domínguez Siemens, curator of the Spanish collection, “BACK TO BASICS”
STUDIO LA CUBE /
TRIGO PERRO ROCA R4
(¿Alguien conoce a la naturaleza?)
The nature that surrounds us on a daily basis is, or humanized nature (intervened, affected), or false nature (directly created): each state reveals a deep and ancient domestication of the world, an adaptation and modelling of this for human needs or ambitions. Perhaps for this reason, raw nature has always been perceived as sublime and terrifying; all that remains outside the domus environment becomes a disturbing “other”. Humanity needs to tame it and give it a function according to the rules of rationality.
The terror and sublimity of unknown nature only serves to nourish the mystery of the world, to create literary myths and uncontrollable gods. Positivism demands explanation and function. What everything in the world follows the example of the wheat, the dog, the barley, the goat, the roses. Bread, milk, company, beauty. Let us domesticate the rocks, tame the inert.
Let’s give it a function and for this we do not take them as such, we do not sculpt: we make rocks, we change their genetics to dispose of them for our taste and need. Let’s make rocks of human objects, let’s make drapers. Let’s get to the extreme, let’s turn the minerals into domestic rocks, that look for function, to satisfy the role that we have assigned them. Functionality, beauty, company.
Let’s be domestic, behave.
€ 2350 ex. VAT
TORNASOL STUDIO /
The “Drift” armchair is the result of exploring new ways of representing nautical identity and summer, built from different elements and materials characteristic of the sea. Inflatable buoys serve as the backrest and armrests of this piece. Assembled using an agile construction and mechanical system, the buoys are inserted in the metal tube structure.
€ 644 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 10
INMA BERMUDEZ /
This poetic series of dishes has been decorated with a contemporary graphic language: this is why the collection is called ANOTHER NATURE. It evokes, in fact, a different way to look at the world around ourselves. The careful choice of the motifs is based on an attentive investigation of the Este Ceramiche atelier’s rich archives; the animals and flowers, typical of Este Ceramiche Porcellane’s acknowledged heritage, have been portrayed on the plates with an unexpected rhythm to recreate fantastic scenes. The delicate use of the precious gold lustre enriches the perception of the dinnerware with its glittering sparkles.
ANOTHER NATURE is a project developed together with the Italian Company Este Ceramiche within the frame of the DOPPIA FIRMA PROJECT, that brings together European design innovation and the tradition of great artisanship by creating a unique collection of original, refined objects.
Sold individually. Four available colourways: blue with fish, green with horse, brown with dog, & red with bird
€ 490 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||38×38|
STUDIO TODO_TO_DO /
“Obreras” (the Spanish word for female construction workers) is a collection of vases made out of construction waste found on the streets.
The plant that is born out of the rubble. The apparently fragile overcomes the unbreakable. Why is a vase associated with the feminine? Why is the construction work to the masculine? From this context, we bring materials and objects from the construction sites, cold and anodyne, to the opposite, the warm and affectionate world of the vase. We propose a turn of the screw by completely changing the default use of construction materials.
€ 242-605 ex. VAT
BELEN MONEO /
The Emerita shelf design uses the REmix exercise to investigate Belén Moneo’s favorita tapies.
The transparency of the plexiglass shelves (our signature material) lets us see a forest of wooden columns. The rotundity and solidity of this element are thus magnified, revealing all its powerful qualities. At the same time, the suspension and rotation of the columns, which appear to float, defying gravity, playing with the viewer’s perception, and lightening the piece.
€ 8.000-11.000 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 2
MAYICE STUDIO /
“Anello”, a lighting design of concentric circles that project light, filling the space in three dimensions. The light effects adorn the space in its horizontal and vertical parameters. The three aluminium arms can be adjustable and movable.
Made by hand in Spain with blown glass, aluminium, metal and LED technology.
Limited edition piece.
€4.500 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION PIECE
|Full dimensions (cm)||50x50x180|
|Material||Aluminium, Blown Glass, Led light, Metal|