Art and Artisan Traditions

alahambra tile

Inspiration: Tilework of the Alhambra Palace

By Spain for Design / July 27, 2021 /

The Nasrid Emirate of Granada created architecture with the most beautiful tilework. During my visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada in 2017, I was struck by the plasterwork in the Court of the Myrtle(bottom image). I was also taken with the blue, black, and white ceramic tiles but cannot recall the location. For information about sites…

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Creating During COVID

By Spain for Design / May 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Creating During COVID

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 / Comments Off on Bauhaus Inspired Exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid

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 / Comments Off on Profile: Federico Antelo Granero: Geometric Abstraction

“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 / Comments Off on Madrid Design Festival 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 / Comments Off on SACo: Showcasing Contemporary Spanish Artisanship

“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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NMDA Course: The Art of Spanish Silverware

By Spain for Design / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on NMDA Course: The Art of Spanish Silverware

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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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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COCOL

Cocol: Things de toda la vida

By Spain for Design / September 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Cocol: Things de toda la vida

The Spanish expression de toda la vida is one I have recently come to know and appreciate. It can refer to something familiar, something that has not changed; maybe a friend, a situation, an object, a recipe, a tradition, or that little shop around the corner. I do not think there is an equivalent in the English…

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