As on other occasions, the most recent Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano) was attended by numerous companies, studios and professionals who hail from Valencia, representing the sector of design, furniture and lighting. Below we will introduce just a few of the designs on display in Milan, by acclaimed Valencian-based companies from the home furnishings’ sector.
The Valencian-based furniture company Mariner, who celebrated their 120th birthday last year, is due to travel to Italy again to attend the next Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the Milan Furniture Fair. The fair will be held from 8 to 13 April and is the most important of its kind in Europe regarding the latest trends in furniture and design which welcomes the presence of the Valencian firm Mariner for their impressive trajectory and international vocation.
In a city such as A Coruña known for its stunning modernist architecture, the Plaza de Lugo stands out as a particularly fine example endowed with one of the most impressive buildings of its kind in the world. Built in 1912 by local architect Antonio López Hernández, Plaza de Lugo 13 represents Spanish Modernism at its very best.
The Valencian company Mariner, which last year celebrated its 120th anniversary, was present again this year at the collaborative initiative for interior décor and furniture design ‘Nos vemos en Valencia’, or ‘See you in Valencia’. Held in Feria Valencia from 11 to 14 February, the event combined under one roof the fairs Hábitat, Cevisama and Fimma-Maderalia which displayed the latest bathroom fixtures, light pieces and furniture designs.
The Centro del Carmen museum in Valencia will display from the 30 March a retrospective spanning the trajectory of Valencian-born designer José Martínez-Medina (1919-2006). The exhibition entitled ‘Martínez-Medina, diseñando una vida’, commissioned by professor Manuel Martínez Torán from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, brings together pieces created by the Valencian designer in the 50s all the way through to the 90s, including both interior design and furniture pieces, some of which have been recently reissued.
A home made from granite is a home made well – and if it’s made from Galician granite then you can rest assure that it’s rock-solid.
The geology of Galicia has endowed it with one of the finest building granites in the world. Used in construction and architectural elements since the earliest of times, it can be seen in the grand mansions, country estates, public buildings and even traditional farmer’s cottages of the region.
Speaking of Galician architecture it is tempting to start right at the beginning, with the mysterious walled stone settlements known as castros that have been found in remote countryside and coastal areas across the region.
They, however, form part of a merger of Iberian and Celtic culture that dates back thousands of years, and while elements of this form of architecture can still be seen in the rural cottages of Galicia, the styles and buildings of cities such as A Coruña are a different thing altogether.
On 3 February, the 21st International Architecture Exhibition was launched by globally-renowned Valencian company Porcelanosa Group, in their hometown of Villareal. The exhibition will be held until the 7th, allowing visitors to gain insight into the latest designs by eight of the companies which make up the group (Porcelanosa, Venis, L’Antic Colonial, Urbatek, Gamadecor, Noken, Systempool and Butech) by walking the impressive exhibition space which covers a vast 13,500m2.
Majorcan painter Miquel Barceló (Felanitx, 1957) recently won the Premio Nacional de Arte Gráfico, Spain’s prestigious graphic art prize awarded by the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Mardid. Barceló, following the footsteps of last year’s winner Jaume Plensa, can add yet another important award to his collection of acclaimed Spanish art prizes including the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (1986) and the Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes (2003).
Valencian-born artist Toni Sánchez was not immediately drawn to art. In fact, he began his studies in Law. This was short lived however, as he soon left it for something slightly more geared towards his real passion, taking Graphic Design at Valencia’s School of Applied Art (EASD), which had a particularly practical focus on advertising. According to Sánchez, the interaction between art and design is best seen in their commercial use. ‘I believe that design is the commercial side of art, especially in the case of Pop art. Many designs including real business logos have actually become highly desirable works of art.’
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