LaSelva Studio

Material juxtaposition in two furniture pieces by a pair of young Spanish designers

Exploring the satisfying contrast between powder-coated metal and raw or lacquered wood, young Spanish design studio LaSelva highlighted their petite collection of mixed material furniture at this year’s Feria Habitat Valencia. On view at the Nude platform, the new range includes a Gossip floor lamp and Supernova tables. Named for the act of leaning in to hear some secretive words, the hooded Gossip lamp can …

Santorini Lamps by Estudio Sputnik

Sustainably minded hanging lamps with adjustable wooden shades at Feria Habitat Valencia

Founded by four former classmates, Valencia-based Estudio Sputnik is a young, multidisciplinary design collective with a focus on innovation in everyday objects. Exhibiting as part of Nude, Feria Habitat Valencia‘s showcase of emerging Spanish designers, Sputnik caught our attention with its series of sustainably-crafted modular hanging lamps. Dubbed “Santorini Lamps,” each features a wood base and a series of removable shades that create different lighting …

Dvelas

Show-stealing furniture upcycled from sail cloth

Impressive new Spanish designer Dvelas held court last week during Valencia Disseny Week as they promoted nautical furniture upcycled from vintage sail cloth at the show for young designer’s called Nude. The company’s creations come with a tag explaining the material’s source, from the manufacturer to the boat from which it was salvaged. Since it’s made from real sailing material, the furniture is guaranteed to …

Habitat Valencia 2011, Part One

Seven anthropomorphic designs from Spain's biggest design fair

Other than sunshine, Spain has an abundance of laughter. Blame it on the jamón, verdejo wine or siestas, the good humor of the country’s people shows up in design too. At this year’s Habitat Valencia, we spotted several examples of one of our favorite ways to add wit to furniture and objects—anthropomorphic design. From concepts that add function (like a light that doubles as a …