Art and Artisan Traditions

JOSE LUIZ BAZAN

Singular Design by Leather Artisan José-Luis Bazán

By Spain for Design / September 27, 2021 /

Master leather artisan José-Luis Bazán (@joseluisbazan) has a long national and international trajectory in his craft. Based in Benaocaz (Cádiz), he has collaborated with numerous companies and creatives, including Spanish luxury fashion brand Loewe. Elle magazine and Vogue have featured his work. Not content to rest on his laurels, he continues to innovate. His latest…

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HIJO DE EGIPMENIO SHOP

Hijo de Epigmenio: For the Love of Spanish Crafts

By Spain for Design / September 20, 2021 /

Juan Manuel Gil López is the son of (hijo de) Epigmenio, hence the name of his shop Hijo de Epigmenio. I first met him when I visited his central Madrid shop in August 2019 on the last day of my month in Spain. The handmade artisan items on display fascinated me. Many were unfamiliar and he…

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ESPACIO INTERMEDIO

Espacio Intermedio: The Space In-Between

By Spain for Design / September 13, 2021 /

Espacio Intermedio is an online gallery for artistic crafts led by Cristina Vallejo, an architect and the founder of the furniture and contemporary craft studio ELSUR, and Marta Redondo, an architect, specialising in the design, management, and direction of exhibition and museum projects. They joined forces with the mission to promote creatives who work in that “intermediate…

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MATO

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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YUKIKO-TALL CUP

Profile: Yukiko Kitahara: Eastern Influence

By Spain for Design / February 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Profile: Yukiko Kitahara: Eastern Influence

“I am the daughter of a family of sushi chefs in Tokyo. I have been taught the importance of tableware since childhood and that it must be enjoyed with all five senses, First, with the look, the composition, the relationship of the plate with the food. Since then, I have always liked porcelain. My grandfather…

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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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