Take the time to dig deeper and you’ll discover a customised approach and strict methodology informed by a conceptual rigour well aware of its influences, from the graphic boldness of the Memphis Group to all the fun of Tropicalismo. For its most recent furniture and lighting collections, the studio has partnered with Houtique, a furniture company also based in Valencia, and the ongoing collaboration will see Masquespacio’s creative director Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and marketing director Christophe Pennase, direct Houtique’s visual strategy as well.
Core to Houtique’s vision is the idea that each item should be sexy, luxe and fun and so far, they’ve delivered the goods. The brand’s wall and standing Wink lamps are beguiling in appearance, with candy-coloured fringing suspended as seductive ‘eyelashes’ beneath the gold-plated almond-shaped ‘eye’ fitting. While the new Arco chair is a high-end tribute to the 1970s, taken to the next level by a gold-plated frame and rich velvet upholstery.
It’s fair to say all three pieces are unconventional statement items that buck any of the current trends for minimalism. As Christophe explains, “We just want to change the world that little bit without being too concerned about appearing commercially attractive.”
Likewise unconventional is Chachacha, a ‘dancing’ version of the Pill stool that could put a smile on anyone’s face. Its flirty fringing is completely charming, matched only by the maximalism of the Mambo armchair, which features a metal base, velvet upholstery in three different shades and fringing along the backrest’s base, making it seem more art object than a chair.
With Ana and Christophe looking to extend the Houtique brand by inviting other designers to create furniture collections, the prospect of how they’ll top a winking lamp and stool with rhythm is well worth anticipating.
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