Latest cc-tapis Carpet Designs at Iwan Maktabi
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Iwan Maktabi, a carpet house in Warehouse 32 (Alserkal Avenue, Dubai), is displaying the latest carpet designs created for cc-tapis by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. One can also have a look at the work of Bethan Laura Wood (UK); German Ermičs (the Netherlands); and other designers. The show will end on 31 July 2023.

The latest carpet designs created for cc-tapis (installation view). Iwan Maktabi, Dubai, 2023.

The exhibition features Urquiola’s Pipeline collection, in which the line between design and art is blurred. The collection is a result of transforming her digital tubular drawings into hand-knotted rugs and wall hangings made of Himalayan wool. The artisanal pieces depict connected tubes merging from the surface and forming a labyrinth of digital shades. Because of the latter’s volume, the objects create a sense of depth. Numerous chromatic evolutions that develop through circular movements and overlap on many levels of the wool make one’s gaze focus on the space outlined by the tubes. 

Pipeline Freeform 2, one of Patricia Urquiola’s designs. Made by hand in Nepal from 100% Himalayan wool. 245 x 280 cm.

About the artist

Patricia Urquiola (b. 1961, Oviedo, Spain) is a renowned Spanish architect, industrial designer, and art director. She studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and continued her studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where she graduated under the mentorship of famous Italian architect and designer Achille Castiglioni in 1989. Urquiola then worked with Castiglioni, Eugenio Bettinelli, Maddalena De Padova, Vico Magistretti, and Lissoni Associati. In 2001, Urquiola opened her own studio titled Studio Urquiola. The projects it works on range from product and interiors design and architecture to exhibition and event design. Urquiola has also been the art director of Cassina since 2015.

Pipeline Wallhanging 1, one of Patricia Urquiola’s designs. Made by hand in Nepal from 100% Himalayan wool. 184 x 231 cm.

Urquiola is inspired by the materials, techniques, and figurative traditions from Spain: as a designer, she interprets them in a contemporary way. Her work incorporates different styles. In her designs, the minimalistic, the playful, feminine accents, and unexpected elements are combined. Urquiola often employs recycled materials (glass, terracotta, plastic, and fabrics) to create products combining excellent artisanship with technological innovation. 

Urquiola’s most known architectural projects are the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Barcelona); Das Stue Hotel (Berlin); Room Mate Giulia (Milan); the Sereno Hotel (Como), to name a few. She designs for some of the most important Italian and international brands such as Agape, B&B Italia, Baccarat, Cassina, Driade, Ferragamo, Georg Jensen, Haworth, Kartell, Listone Giordano, Louis Vuitton, Moroso, and others.

Pipeline, one of Patricia Urquiola’s designs. Made by hand in Nepal from 100% Himalayan wool. 300 x 400 cm.

Urquiola’s works have been added to the permanent collections of the MoMA (New York, USA); the Musée des Arts décoratifs (Paris); the Museum of Design (Munich); the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany); Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA); Victoria & Albert Museum (London); the Design Museum in Zürich (Switzerland); the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands); and the Triennale Museum (Milan). Urquiola has displayed her work in such exhibitions as O’clock – time design, design time at CAFA Art Museum (Beijing, China, 2013); Patricia Urquiola and Rosenthal, Landscape at Neues Museum (Nüremburg, Germany, 2013); and Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry at Philadelphia Museum of Art (2017).

Having been named Designer of the Year by multiple international magazines, she has also been awarded with the Gold Medal of the Arts and the Order of Isabel the Catholic by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I. 

To get more information about the exhibition, please visit its official web page.

You might also be interested in visiting Isthmus by Lamya Gargash at The Third Line.

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