The young Mexican-German Architecture and Interior Design studio Manadaº has been awarded with the Interior Innovation Award 2012 by the German Design Council at the imm Cologne. Manadaº received this prestigious award for their design of the Bed 42, along with the Interior Innovation Award Winners 2012 Patricia Urquiola, Konstantin Grcic, and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, among others.
The Bed 42 is a materialization of multiple explorations by Manadaº. By mixing a bed and a desk in one product, they explore the flexibility of use of everyday objects; keeping always as a priority the aspiration to create quality products that are both sustainable – in an economical, social and environmental way – and timeless in their design.
“We do believe that what makes a design timeless is its constructive consciousness;” says Manadaº partner Alejandro Tapia. “The design approach has a lot to do with it becoming timeless,” adds the architect and Manadaº partner, Katarina Alatzia. “Certified solid wood gives us that; it is a noble material that ages properly and is environmentally sustainable. That is part of a timeless design,” finishes Alejandro.
The design of the Bed 42 reflects the creative DNA of the partners’ nationalities, from one side the precision that characterizes German design, and on the other side the handcrafting skills of Mexican artisans. The bed has been manufactured in 4 weeks without any machine fabrication by using 2 inches certified solid walnut wood and local handcraft labor. The young duo is one of the players in the up-coming young Mexican design scene, and the Interior Innovation Award 2012 is definitely a confirmation that they are on a right path in their search for sustainable and timeless design.
The imm cologne is the most important fair in the furniture market. Right from the beginning of every year the trade fair presents the new international furniture trends and surprises with numerous marketable innovations. The broad range on offer is combined with high standards of quality and an excellent presentation of the products. The fair also provides an effective platform for young designers. The trade visitors value that the trade fair’s pronounces business atmosphere and high standards of organization and services. The days of the fair that are also open to end-consumers, provide to the exhibitors ample opportunities for product and market tests, while the consumers find information and suggestions on the trends. In close connection with the extensive program of events that will take place all over the city of Cologne, imm cologne becomes the center of the international world of furnishings and design for a week.
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