Our beginnings as a company go back to 2009 when artist, designer and creative force Cristian Zuzunaga gathered an eclectic group of individuals to start a brand of accessories. The scope of our work has expanded organically since then and we now create timeless, non-gender specific and sustainable home and fashion accessories, as well as limited edition furniture.
From the outset, our aim was to develop more than a brand. We wanted to create a global community of like-minded people: individuals with a strong sense of style, ground breakers who embody the duality of contemporary life, the synthesis of old and new, the natural and the man-made, the digital and the analogue. This marriage of opposites remains our guiding philosophy today.
Our products lie at the crosswords of art and design. We call them usable or wearable art. At their visual core, they are based on the pixel, the icon of our time. Each one of our designs is based on an artwork hand-created by Cristian Zuzunaga, which we develop digitally into a print for design application. Our design process includes not just the translation of art, colour, tradition and material into a finished product, but follows a philosophical process that imbues our products with meaning. Colour is at the heart of everything we do, and we use it to positively affect human emotion.
Our designs allow you to have a good conscience. We use high quality, organic, traceable materials, traditional manufacturing techniques, sustainable processes and work with local craftsmen wherever possible. All our products are designed and made in Europe, the majority of which is within 50km of Barcelona. These methods allow us to design timeless products, of quality that will last and defy the whimsies of fashion. As a result, many of our products are limited editions.
We are respectful of our environment and of people. We believe in fair compensation. We believe in workers’ rights, animal rights and social responsibility. Working with local craftsmen allows us to support local economies, as well as imbue our products with soulful intent. We support and are part of a community of people inspired by the process of making.
About the Collection
We have two collections: Analogue and Digital, each then divided into sub-collections.
Our Analogue collection is iconic, evocative and focuses on human experience. It is sophisticated, handmade and features soft textures and timeless patterns.
Integrate: Time and Space is our analogue collection of cushions and throws. The collection is the result of a collaboration with socially conscious Spanish company Teixidors, an enterprise that helps provide training, employment and support to people with a range of physical and mental disabilities by teaching them the art of weaving by hand.
The Inca analogue collection is inspired by a trip that Cristian Zuzunaga took to his native Peru in 2015, after nearly two decades of absence. There, he realised that the patterns that he had been developing over the last ten years seemed almost like contemporary interpretations of ancient patterns from the Incan and Mayan Empires. The resulting furniture collection is a nod to a culture that has subconsciously been at the core of who Cristian is, both creatively and spiritually.
Our Digital collection is more playful and modern, and combines strong patterns with bold colours.
The prints in the Pixel digital collection are derived from zooming in on photographs of urban landscapes taken by Cristian. While the landscapes may appear grey, they are in fact composed of millions of colours so small they are imperceptible to the naked eye. Pixel thus aims to shift our perception of our environment by transforming grey cityscapes into an explosion of colour. The cushions in our Pixel collection are the very first products that Zuzunaga released, and are part of a long-standing collaboration with the renowned textile manufacturers Kvadrat.
Lastly, we have our Bitmap digital collection. A bitmap is a way of storing a digital image by compressing its elements. The prints in the Bitmap collection derive from this process of compression. The name is also a play on words: if one were to zoom out hundreds of times on each print, one would find a photograph of an urban landscape. Bitmap thus acts not only as a map of a digital image, but a map of a real, physical place.
About Christian Zuzunaga
Cristian Zuzunaga is the creative force behind Zuzunaga.
Born in 1978 to a Catalan mother and Peruvian father, Cristian was brought up in a multicultural household that instilled in him a strong sense of curiosity and a desire to explore the world around him. He has travelled extensively and lived in a number of places including New York and London, where he was based for 13 years. He now divides his time between Barcelona and the Catalan countryside.
Cristian initially studied microbiology, but went on to study Typo/Graphic Design at the London College of Communication, followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art. His artistic and design practice is the symbiosis of his varying interests and reflects his way of dissecting the world into its infinitesimal parts in order to find beauty in the mundane.
Cristian’s work is broad in scope and includes print, letterpress, photography, sculpture, textile and furniture design. He founded Zuzunaga in 2009 as a vessel through which to explore his many creative interests. His designs are informed by the psychology of colour, architecture and the urban environment, nature, Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, anthropology, sociology and the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. While his work initially explored the idea of duality, his practice has since evolved to embody the synergy of opposing forces.
Selected Projects and Collaborations
2013 Domaine de Boisbuchet & Vitra, Summer workshop in collaboration with Texidors
Collaboration with Campaign for Wool and Brintons, designed 34m runner exhibited at Somerset House, London 2012 Designed colour collection to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Danskina
2011 Collaboration with Teixidors, handwoven Integrate Time and Space collection 2010 Digit rug collection for Nanimarquina, Salone del Mobile, Milan
Special commission for Hästens & Wallpaper*, Handmade, Salone del Mobile, Milan Skyline curtain collection for Kvadrat, Orgatec, Cologne
2009 Special commission for Tate Gallery, silk scarf and bag for the Color Chart exhibition at Tate Liverpool Imaginatio print designed for Christophe Delcourt
2008 Arena print, special edition fabric for the Steel armchair by Enrico Franzolini for Moroso Special edition fabric for the Pas si Classique sofa and Sala dining chairs for Ligne Roset
2007 Special edition fabric for the Springfield sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso
2013 YCN, 72 Rivington Street, London So Sottssass, Darkroom, London
2012 Faberge Big Egg Hunt, commissioned to design a giant Egg for auction. Other artists included Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, The Chapman Brothers and Marc Quinn.
Volta 8, group show at ArtBasel fringe Outside In, Ventura Lambrate, Milan
2011 Gravity, solo show at EB&Flow Gallery, London Fraternal Twins, group show at Moss Gallery, New York
Since Tomorrow, group show at EB&Flow Gallery, London 2010 Work in Progress, solo show, Barcelona
Tokyo Design Fair, group show with ICEX Spanish Embassy, Tokyo 2009 Significant Colour, group show at Aram Gallery, London
2008 Fashion vs Sport, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2014 Wallpaper* Award for Best Pixelation
2012 ICFF New York, 1st Prize for Textiles, Handwoven collection
2011 Elle Decoration International Design Award for Best Fabric Design, Skyline curtain collection for Kvadrat 2007 Augustus Martin Award for Best Use of Print