Art and Artisan Traditions

Felipao Speedy

Creating During COVID

By Spain for Design / May 3, 2021 /

Spain for Design reached out to three artists who were among the first to be profiled on these pages. Speedy, the new work by renowned Spanish artist Felipao, the artistic name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz, has its basis in Chinese mythological traditions and his reflections about life under COVID-19. Last year, I was in the process…

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Paraguero-Ballet by Francisco-del-Pozo

Bauhaus Inspired Exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid

By Spain for Design / April 26, 2021 /

In collaboration with the Francisco Alcántara School of Art of Ceramics, the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid has organized an exhibition that features the 2018-2019 students’ final projects. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the influential early-twentieth-century Bauhaus style and the survival of its pedagogical model.  The exhibition is part of the museums’ Design and Pedagogy…

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Federico prepares for the MDF 2021

Profile: Federico Antelo Granero: Geometric Abstraction

By Spain for Design / April 12, 2021 /

“I cannot think in a way that separates shapes and colour. The patterns I create are an exaltation of this ‘partnership’ between shapes and colours.” Based in Madrid, Argentina–born Federico Antelo Granero has quickly established himself among the premier textile artisans in his adopted country. With a background in painting, his pieces are remarkable for…

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SACo, the Sociedad de Artesanía Contemporánea

Madrid Design Festival 2021

By Spain for Design / April 6, 2021 /

The fourth edition of the Madrid Design Festival 21 (MDF21) took place in February and March. The only festival in Spain that brings together all design disciplines, there were 183 activities, 58 exhibitions, and the participation of more than 500 designers and 72 institutions from the world of design, art, and culture. Organized by Madrid-based cultural promoter La…

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4-PLAART

SACo: Showcasing Contemporary Spanish Artisanship

By Spain for Design / March 22, 2021 /

“SACo’s genesis arises from the experience of a group of artisan firms in Spain that sensed the need to come together to improve their exposure and commercialization capacity inside and, especially, outside Spain. As an organization, we will promote artisans that create contemporary designs, who make their products mainly by hand with a high level…

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silverware from spain

NMDA Course: The Art of Spanish Silverware

By Spain for Design / March 1, 2021 /

The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas), a private non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the conservation, study, and dissemination of the cultural heritage holdings of the National Museum of Decorative Arts (NMDA) in Madrid, has organized an introductory online course about…

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Spanish Talavera Ceramic

Events, News

By Spain for Design / January 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Events, News

Online Course on Introduction to Spanish Historical Ceramics The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas), a private non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the conservation, study, and dissemination of the cultural heritage holdings of the National Museum of Decorative Arts…

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SISLEY MUG

2020 Made in Spain Gift Ideas from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Shop

By Spain for Design / November 30, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Made in Spain Gift Ideas from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Shop

Before the confinement due to COVID 19, online shopping was growing in popularity during the holiday season. It has become essential for many businesses during the pandemic and led to an increase in the number of e-commerce websites. Although the virtual experience does not have the sensory delights that many find to be the most…

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RFC NUMBER 7 BY MAYICE STUDIO

Profile: Mayice Studio: Illuminating Artisanal Traditions with Technology

By Spain for Design / October 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Profile: Mayice Studio: Illuminating Artisanal Traditions with Technology

I recently saw an interview with renowned French decorator Jacques García who, speaking about his maximalist design tendencies, surmised that minimalism is easy if one has nothing in one’s head, but difficult to achieve if it is full. Far from being the former, the minimalist designs of Madrid-based studio Mayice Studio is a complex interplay…

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Ebonized chestnut wood

Espiral de Virutas: Nature’s Art

By Spain for Design / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Espiral de Virutas: Nature’s Art

“Before I began to work with wood in 2000, I did a bit of everything. I studied fashion design at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I designed for others, sold insurance, sold underwear, was a gas station attendant, ran a family car washing and mechanics business, activities that led me to slow down, to take…

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Masquespacio Mas Creations - 1- Cookie Pot Family + Block Chair Down

New Pieces for Mas Creations collection by Masquespacio

By Spain for Design / September 19, 2020 / Comments Off on New Pieces for Mas Creations collection by Masquespacio

Ana Hernández and Christophe Penasse, co-founders of Valencia-based studio Masquespacio, have launched several new pieces to add to the collections of their new brand Mas Creations. Block Chairs is a family of dining chairs that is notable for its particular form, contrast of materials, and color. Composed of marble, stainless steel, wood, velvet fabrics, it…

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Graphic Design by Santamarina Design

José Santamarina: El Maestro

By Spain for Design / August 31, 2020 / Comments Off on José Santamarina: El Maestro

With over 50 years in the industry, Oviedo-born José Santamarina Laviada, the co-founder of Santamarina Diseñadores, is a reference in the field of graphic art in Spain. Throughout his career, he has designed graphic and logo design, brand identity, signage, brochures, books, packaging, and illustration. From 1961 to 1963, he worked as a teacher at…

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