global warming rug by nel colectivo for nanimarquina
global warming rug by nel colectivo for nanimarquina
aug 02, 2008

global warming rug by nel colectivo for nanimarquina

‘global warming rug’ designed by NEL, produced by nanimarquina

at this year’s international furniture fair in valencia, spain (23rd to the 27th of september 2008) nanimarquina will present the ‘global warming rug’ designed by nel colectivo. ‘global warming’ portrays a polar bear stranded on an ice floe, victim of melting polar icecaps and climate change.

global warming rug by nel colectivo for nanimarquina ‘global warming rug’ designed by NEL, produced by nanimarquina – (hand tufted , 100% wool New zealand + felt bear)

traditionally carpets have been tools to communicate a culture’s messages. at nanimarquina we want to continue
this practice. and so we have come up with our global warming collection as a platform for communication.
the mexican design collective, NEL, found us a way to carry out such a project, a way of spreading a clear message:
an invitation to reflect on the contemporary world around us. the name says it all: global warming. the loneliness
of a small polar bear surrounded by nothing communicates the urgency of the message. the global warming rug
is a proposition of hope; the potential for a better future, a possible world.‘ – nanimarquina

in 2007, NEL also translated another current affair into a rug with their ‘iraq’ design.

global warming rug by nel colectivo for nanimarquina ‘global warming rug’ designed by NEL, produced by nanimarquina

nel colectivo is a platform for experimentation formed by an evolving collective of mexican designers. the current members of NEL are ricardo casas (1979), alejandro castro (1982), héctor esrawe (1968), emiliano godoy (1974) and cecilia león de la barra (1975).

more nel collective: nanimarquina:

  • What does this carpet tell us? Nani Marquina´s contribution to the global warming. Some symbols need to be added: Ships, trucks and airplanes;

    the routes of transportation of the wool from New Zealand to India; the carpet from India to Spain, from Spain to the rest of the world.
    It rather makes the problem worse than good.

    Nanimarquina is only pushing up her fame and fortune at the expenses of others.

    Another product of the category: “Products that nobody needs”

  • The little boy is in his underwear because air conditioning is bad for the environment…so he is underclothed because of the global warming.

  • do you think the polar bear can reach him?

  • No one is concerned about the little boy in his underwear?

  • I thought the only place a felt polar bear COULD swim was through a carpet sea. Real polar bears, on the other hand, can’t tread water very long.

  • I suspect these designers just jumped on the bandwagon that is called “help save the world” don’t get me wrong..I agree we need to do something..but so far this carpet has generated relatively more attention to the design-studio that did it, than the actual subject…If you really think your profession is that political..go design something political, or help solve the problem, or tell us something we dodn’t know ..and not just a quite statement.

  • To Iceland where they’ll shoot them!

  • i’d like to see a felt polar bear that can swim through carpet

  • Um…. swim to where?

  • um, I’m pretty sure polar bears can swim.


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