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The Best of Spanish Design

Digi-rugs, puzzle chairs, heart-shaped candles and more in our highlights of design from Spain

by Paolo Ferrarini in Design on 05 May 2010

As evident at the latest Salone del Mobile, Spanish design is becoming increasingly known for turning simple objects into playfully clean shapes suitable for any environment. Below, check out our favorites from the show.

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With nearly 50 years of design under their belt, Expormim continues to explore multipurpose furniture with two new inspiring collections. Nieves Contreras' Out_line Collection and Javier Pastor's black and white Nido line work beautifully both indoors and out with their metal framework and airy compositions.

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Celebrating its 10th year on the market, Andreu World revisited the classics with the new padded Nanda Comfort Chair by Lievore Altherr Molina Studio, debuting in both leather and fabric versions in Milan.

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Lievore, Altherr and Molina also designed the beautiful Woody chair, where new proportions come alive in oak wood.

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Once again, the Spanish carpet industry is rich with beautiful surprises. Patricia Urquiola's all natural rugs for Gan by Gandia Blasco recently received the Red Dot Design Award for their outstanding quality and innovative design.

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Nanimarquina confirmed its aptitude for innovation with the pixilated Digit rug by Cristian Zuzunaga. The vibrant designs add texture and color with their optical patterns, which change in appearance depending on the lighting or time of day.

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At Sellex, Mario RuÍz designed the sleek Bildu, a seating system made of a steel structure with inserts of wood and padded fabric.

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Jesús Gasca's Laclásica prototype is remarkable since the concept of the stacking chair is rarely applied to a wooden piece. It's slated to go into production this September at Stua.

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Madrid's DesigM presented young and experimental designs, like Embalando Lujo's furniture for Dapefe. The concept takes different styles of old-fashioned furniture, transforming it into a game where the pieces interact with the user for virtually unlimited possiblities.

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Love Story by Colectivo Empanadilla makes light of romance with its clever heart-shaped base that turns a candle into a table piece.

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