Cristian Zuzunaga is the founder, artist and creative force behind the award-winning home and fashion textiles brand, Zuzunaga. A Barcelona born to a Catalan mother and a Peruvian father; Cristian is curious and explorer by nature, a trait he attributes to his multicultural upbringing. From a biology student to a typo / graphic design graduate, the designer’s early fascination with microscopes inspired him to enlarge and dissect patterns and images in his work – creating the brand’s iconic graphic designs that complement each other as wearable and usable art.
Zuzunaga officially founded his eponymous brand in 2010, with a mission to explore what it means to be human by creating timeless, gender neutral and sustainable textiles. “Color is at the heart of everything we do,” says Zuzunaga. The brand’s creations transform designers’ holistic inspirations – like nature, urban environments, architecture and psychology – into eye-catching geometric works of art that elevate moods and spaces at the same time. Renowned Zuzunaga classics include the Pixel collection of multicolored pixelated pillows and scarves, and the Bitmap collection of place-inspired plaids and accessories. With sustainability at the heart of Zuzunaga’s philosophy, each piece is constructed using organic and traceable materials, using environmentally friendly techniques and partnering with local artisans wherever possible. With a creative portfolio that spans the gamut – from printing and photography to sculpture and furniture design – and a list of collaborators ranging from Tate Gallery to Camper, Ligne Roset and others, the Basket by Cristian Zuzunaga is one that we are particularly excited to dive into. Let’s see what the multi-hyphen has in its holiday basket:
Aluminum Click Cube Clock + White LED by Gingko
“I am fascinated by the cube and this Gingko cube clock has it all: simplicity, functionality and it marries digital and analog technology in a very elegant way. “
Disc16 natural pendant lamp by Graypants, inc.
“I like the simplicity and consistency of this collection from Graypants. The fact that their lampshades are made from recycled cardboard moves me, because in the present moment we live in, businesses looking for ways to reuse or recycle materials have my respect!
Orange Cross Floating Framed Textile Artwork 1X004 by Amelia Ayerst
“I am obsessed with patterns and grids, especially if they are inspired by architecture. I love the color combination, the simplicity and the elegance of this textile design framed by Amelia Ayerst.
Beosound A1 speaker 2nd generation anthracite black by Bang & Olufsen
“Today you can’t live without a good portable speaker and this charcoal black Beosound speaker caught my eye because it is compact and its design fits in perfectly with today’s needs. I love B&O – the sound, their choice and their combination of materials and design. “
Red Bitmap Digital Sunrise Cover by Zuzunaga
“This blanket (and Digital Sunset) is the most sophisticated we have. It is made mostly from extra fine Italian merino wool, there is also a silk component, thus combining the consistency and opacity of wool with the sheen and lightness of silk.
This makes the production process long, delicate and really difficult which requires more machine time than usual and involves working on the two very different tensions of wool and silk. Even a minor weaving error can result in a broken yarn, ruining the entire throw (which of course we recycle to make new products).
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