Andrés Mariño Maza.
Andrés Mariño Maza is a Spanish Architect and designer whose work relies on technology and craftsmanship to create beautifully complex natural forms. His background in architecture and fine arts gives him the tools to test the boundaries of what is possible in furniture design. Through his use of steam-bent wood his pieces take advantage of the natural qualities of the material, drawing a bridge between old and new, classic and modern.
Marinomaza strives to create objects of value, design that tells a story of sustainable craft and respect to our ecosystems. He works mainly with short carbon cycle materials that are easily obtainable, replaceable, fixable.
Who we are and what we stand for.
Craft is something that I feel society is slowly beginning to yearn for again, after decades of industrial relocation to low cost priority fabrication the world is saturated with trash; objects with no material value, whose transformation from element to product is not so much a human endeavor but the push of a few buttons on a giant machine.
The concept of lightness is very interesting to me, I equate lightness to efficiency; for example the structural efficiency required for a bird to take flight, materialized in a hollow, highly optimized skeleton. Many designs take note of natures optimization skills. Trains, boats, planes, all strive to improve their performance by mimicking evolutions outcomes, generally in an exercise of “removing the fat” more than adding anything new.
When I think back to much of the iconic seating of the past century it’s very apparent, in many cases, that the historical context was the canvas on which they were designed. The available tools and technology, artistic and cultural trends can be identified in the materials, shapes and ideas which those designers used. In the same way, I think of what could be the contextual factors that shape my own designs. With the era of the Internet and the impact it’s had on the information we have available this question has become very difficult to answer. Knowledge and inspiration can come from innumerable sources from any time in history, in that sense our historical context is stretched beyond our geographic borders while incorporating much of the past.
There are however, undeniable tendencies that are prevalent today and to which I tend to gravitate, for example the sustainability movement or the D.I.Y and maker trends.