Dutch designer Renske Papavoine graduated from the industrial design department at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, then promptly moved to Barcelona to work for a design studio. While in Spain, she presented an idea to rug designer Nani Marquina, who agreed to produce one of Papavoine’s first commercial products. In 2007, Papavoine returned to her native Holland, but she continued to collaborate with Marquina, who produced her Stippen Rug for DWR. Meaning “points” in Dutch, Stippen (2012) is an arrangement of dots in three colors on a uniform background. A master colorist, Papavoine knows that the juxtaposition of hues will influence how they are perceived, adding to the intriguing richness of this cleverly subtle rug. The more you look at Stippen, the more you see that it is as much about stripes and geometric shapes as it is about dots. Together with the nonprofit Care & Fair, Nani Marquina is fighting against illegal child labor in the manufacturing of carpets. Made by hand in India.
Nani Marquina studied industrial design at the Massana School and she began her career with a job in interior design. When she couldn't find rugs that were in tune with a client's space, she filled the gap with her own creations, which led to a new career as an independent textile designer. In 1986, she created her own company and showroom in Barcelona.
A superb colorist, Marquina finds inspiration in nature, as well as in the challenge of creating something that hasn't been done before. The designer is also a firm believer that a rug must surprise and captivate, but never be too aggressive. The result is her striking depth in materials, ranging from low pile to long strands of felted wool to die-cut rose petals. In addition to her own work, Marquina's collection includes the work of select contributors, such as Tord Boontje and Joaquim Ruiz Millet. Nani Marquina is known internationally for her textiles and rugs, both of which have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Osaka and Tokyo. Read more >