To understand the Mutina collection, we must first understand the company that has had this vision. Mutina is led by renowned designer, Patricia Urquiola, and is a company dedicated to art, design, luxury and quality. These are the fundamental principles of all they do. This is engrained throughout their company, embraced by the people who work there and reflected in the spaces in which they work. Different in culture and background, the designers behind the Mutina collection share a common stylistic attitude based on minimalism and essentiality, expressed with an absolutely personal approach. Each series is exquisite and unique, yet designed to intertwine with one another. Sizes, blends, opacities, and textures, micro-actions, bas-reliefs, engravings and creative techniques applied not only to the face of the material, but to the edges, as well.
Patricia Urquiola’s professional career began in Italy, influenced by figures such as Bruno Munari, the intellectual founding father of the Milan school. Patricia considers herself a Spaniard, or rather an Asturian of Basque descent. Urquiola trained at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Milan. In Milan she worked with Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni before opening her own studio there in 2001. She alternates product design projects for major international companies – from Alessi to B&B Italia, Moroso, De Padova, Rosenthal and Axor, to mention but a few – with architecture projects for private homes, hotels and showrooms. Patricia’s work has earned her numerous international awards: the Wallpaper Design Awards in 2006 and 2013, Elle Decoration International Design Award, and Designer of the Year for the first time in 2003 and several times in the following years, as in 2009 with Mutina Déchirer collection. Her creations, including Déchirer have been selected for ADI Design Index and The International Design Yearbook.
Collections: Azulej, & Tierras
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, designers originally from Brittany, have been working together for over a decade. In 1997, they were recognized by Giulio Cappellini at the Salon du Meuble in Paris for their work “Disintegrated Kitchen”, and their first industrial design projects began shortly thereafter; the Lit Clos (Closed Bed) and the Spring Chair. Since that time, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have partnered with brands such as Vitra, Kuadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Issey Miyake and Cappellini. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have received numerous awards, and their work has been showcased in exhibits around the world. They have been part of the Mutina team since 2011 and have designed the Pico and Rombini collections.
Collections: Piano, Rombini & Bas Relief
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby opened their London studio in 1996. Their multidisciplinary approach pushes the boundaries of industrial design towards art and architecture. They joined the Mutina team in 2013. They designed Lane, Mews, Mistral and Puzzle collections. Their work includes collections for Knoll, Vitra, B & B Italia, Cappellini, Venini and Flos, limited edition pieces and commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and the £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. The first extensive monograph on the pair was published by Rizzoli New York in 2011. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and Honorary Doctors of Art. Their work is included in the permanent collections of museums around the world, such as the V&A and Design Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Chicago’s Art Institute.
Collections: Mews, & Puzzle
Tokujin Yoshioka, a native of Japan and a winner of numerous awards. His work can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including those at the MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt in New York, the Victoria & Albert in London and the Vitra Design Museum. Tokujin Yoshioka trained along with Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, and opened his own studio in 2000. He has worked with Japanese and international companies such as Hérmes, Toyota, BMW and Swarovski, designing showrooms and installations. As a result of the success of the Honey-pop paper chair in 2001, he began delving into the world of interior design, developing projects for Driade, Moroso and Kartell, amongst others. The signature feature of his creations is their poetic, light, dreamlike quality; his products, interiors and installations are the result of painstaking, complex research carried out on simple materials, combined with experimental technology. The awards he has received include Design Miami/Designer of the Year 2007, the Wallpaper* Design Award 2008, Elle Decoration International/Designer of the Year 2009, Elle Decoration International/Decoration Design Award 2011, A&W Architektur & Wohnen/Designer of the Year 2011 and Maison & Objet/Creator of the Year 2012.
Raw Edges Studio
Raw Edges is a young London Design Studio comprised of Israeli-born designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. Both studied at the Bezalel Art & Design Academy in Jerusalem before moving to London. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, they founded the Raw Edges Design Studio. Yael likes to fold slim layers of all sorts of material as if they were paper, creating curved volumes and functional forms, while Shay has a passionate interest in a world where things move, function and interact. These two different approaches come together to create a series of original projects, characterized by a keen sensitivity toward the environment. 2009 was an important year for the firm: in addition to the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established & Sons, in the Furniture section, at Design Miami/Basel, the duo received the Designers of the Future Award 2009. They work with a number of international brands and producers, such as Arco, Cappellini, Bauhaus Ceramic Japan, Established & Sons and Stella McCartney.
Collections: Tex, & Folded
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