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.
"My job is chasing beauty," Nani Marquina told DWR in 2007. "The fullest place where you can find beauty is in nature. I love to stare at spectacular landscapes." A common thread that runs through her innovative and conceptual floor coverings, the natural world – including its shapes, colors and textures – has informed Marquina's work since she launched her company in 1987.
Nani Marquina studied industrial design at the Massana School in Barcelona and began her career 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. Read more >