Zuzunaga to Exhibit at ICFF 2017

April 6, 2017

About Zuzunaga

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

Selected Exhibitions

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

Selected Awards

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



Jaume Carrera