Brrr! Six Pieces of Spanish Design for Fall
October 4, 2011
Casa Pezo Von Ellrichshausen in Cretas, Spain.
Winter is coming! October is nary four days in, and it’s already coat weather. Bummer, right?
Yes and no. Cold weather heralds the arrival of holiday shopping season – our favorite excuse to spend (way too much) money on good design. What’s more, we’re looking forward to outfitting our own spaces for maximum hygge effect. Scandinavians tend to get all the credit for producing cozy design (plus, the phrase hygge), but after taking a gander at the encyclopedic design website Interiors from Spain, we’d argue that the Spanish are gaining on them. We’ve picked out six objects of Spanish provenance for giving — or for keeping — this season. Read on.
José A. Gandía-Blasco, the venerable designer behind what might be called the Gandía-Blasco empire, has stayed surprisingly playful despite the size and prolificacy of his studio. To wit: these modernist “tipis” were clearly meant for the outdoors (see what appears to be a beach-side pagan rave, above). But we have another suggestion: use them in the giant blanket fort you will inevitably build in your living room during the first snowstorm of the season.
Also, see Gandia-Blasco’s Faroles hurricane lanterns. This way you won’t burn down your blanket fort! Safety first, guys.
La Mamba is a group of four young Valencia-based designers winning trade show awards left and right these days, though they also do interesting experimental work exploring human interaction behavior.
Their Tio Nacho chair (above) not only looks like a chair made out of a snowball, it’s probably the only chair you’re going to be able to comfortably sit in after those long winter months full of christmas cookies and other various types of cookies. Also check out the Wish Bottle, below, which you can use to vent your frustrations.
The Lab’s Gobble rug/hanging storage hybrid is also quite a wonder:
Héctor Serrano (who also runs the more spatially-oriented agency Borealis) is a Spanish designer based in London. He produced the Superpatata for Droog Design a whole decade ago (winning several awards), but we’d argue for the enduring relevance of the glowing, tactile light blobs – especially in the dead of winter. Serrano says they can be used “as a lamp but also as a pillow, an anti-stress device and an object to warm your bed.”
Unsurprisingly, Spain even has its own organization devoted to facilitating work from its designers: Interiors from Spain will help you source all of this stuff.