Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Feria Habitat Valencia

Last weekend I headed towards Valencia to attend its famous design fair- Feria Habitat Valencia. [It took place between the 28 of September and October 2nd]

Impressions? Thoughts? Well, the only other design fair that I have been to is the Milano Salone del Mobile, and that is WAY up there. So there is no point in comparing. This was smaller and it had far fewer exhibitors. Probably also buyers. But perhaps that has a lot to do with Spain's current recession. [Although its Facebook page is saying that it was a huge success... Maybe it is so]

The taxi drivers in Valencia were all super nice (I just felt like this NEEDED to be mentioned!) and every time I mentioned that I was there for the fair, they would tell me "...you should've seen how big the fair was a few years ago!" I believe them and hope it goes back to those 'glory' days very soon!

On the other hand, the Feria Habitat advertising campaign was quite exceptional. I remember I found out about it through an ad on Wallpaper* mag. And it was all over the place! So for small/new design companies in Spain it is definitely a good place to be.

So, without further ado, here are some pics from my visit:
Pixels XL [This is a company from Valencia. Fun right?]
The Patricia Urquiola exhibit was by far my favorite! It featured some of her work for companies such as Moroso (mostly) and GAN Rugs by Gandia Blasco:
Mangas (Sleeves) rug from GAN by Patricia Urquiola:
They were originally presented during the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2009
[Finally seeing them 'live']
Look at the pic on their website:
Nice right?!
But back to the fair...
The furniture carrousel:
Mangas in 3D: Mangas Puf, also designed by Patricia Urquiola for GAN, presented this year at the Salone del Mobile:
 On the Tag: 'Impossible Object'
Moving on...
Memphis: A usual suspect
 Gnomes redefined!
Home Textile Pavilion:
This pavilion is the reason I went to the fair. As I'm looking into creating my own brand. Details of it are still top secret  ; )

I was specially looking forward to seeing two great Spanish handmade designer rug companies: GAN and Nanimarquina. And none of them exhibited there! [Except for the already mentioned Mangas rugs from GAN] So it was a HUGE let-down. I guess I'll just have to go to Nanimarquina's showroom in Barcelona...

The only really interesting company that I found there was Parentesi Quadra. It uses old or 'vintage' persian rugs. Cutting them, and re-dyeing them and finally sawing them back together like a quilt or a collage of different pieces:
Occasionally, I had just seen (and photographed) a rug from what it appears to be the very same company a few days back in Madrid. On the high-end design shop D'erre in Serrano:
And... back to the fair again:
Installations featuring Interior & Industrial Design Studios from Spain:
Hand-Tufted rug by GAN [Almost positive it is by GAN, otherwise it's by Nanimarquina]:
[It's supposed to be the thing that's leftover when you sharpen your pencil... How do you call that in English?? I know because I saw it once on the website, but cannot find it anymore...]
Hmmm...
Rug: Digit by NanimarquinaHand-Knotted Wool
Photo via Studihac
That is all for now. But next post will be about Santiago Calatrava's Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and the rest of Valencia. Stay tuned!

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