patricia urquiola crafts 'homemade' rugs and furniture for gandiablasco
patricia urquiola crafts 'homemade' rugs and furniture for gandiablasco patricia urquiola crafts 'homemade' rugs and furniture for gandiablasco
mar 13, 2015

patricia urquiola crafts 'homemade' rugs and furniture for gandiablasco

patricia urquiola crafts ‘homemade’ rugs and furniture for gandiablasco




wanting to emphasize the art of ‘homemade’ through a unique set of interior furniture, patricia urquiola travelled to india to work alongside men and women accomplished in traditional methods of embroidery. the spanish designer went to a small village in the south asian country where there are high rates of unemployment, but well-skilled crafts people to realize ‘BANDAS’ (BANDS), a collection of seating consisting of armchairs, chaise lounges, cushions and poufs; and soft flooring solutions, rendered using the long-established practice of needlework.

‘BANDAS’ chair in turquoise




developed for spanish brand gandiblasco, the family of pieces draw their influences from the concept of the carpet runner. sixty centimetre wide strips of fabric are decorated with hand-sewn geometric and floral motifs forming bold, colorful and textural ‘bands’. these pieces of embellished material incorporate velcro side strips so that they may function as contemporary upholstery, allowing individuals to customize their furniture and transform their living spaces easily, so that they are able to renew their interiors as often as desired.

‘BANDAS’ chaise lounge in yellow




this collection consists of juxtapositions, usability and presentation of interchangeable embroidered bands like an innovative idea,’ says patricia urquiola. the base fabrics are subtle tones of cream, pale pink, or black gray, standing to contrast the vibrant threads of blue, orange, yellow embroidery, with beige and dark brown, and are paired with sofa modules that have been conceived specifically for the collection.

‘BANDAS’ small pouf in white

‘BANDAS’ big pouf in black

‘BANDAS’ cushin in pinkpatricia-urquiola_bandas-el-arte-del-handmade_designboom_010
orange ‘BANDAS’ modules


detail of the textural embroidery that adorns each band


bold bright colors are used to render geometric and flora motifs on the fabric

patricia urquiola worked with men and women in india who are skilled in the traditional technique of embroidery

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