As producers of objects for everyday use, made of fine and unpretentious materials, Matimañana has a long future ahead. They are not anxious to achieve great goals with their process of creation and sales, but instead trust in a market in need of authentic objects.
They (Carlota Prats and Oriol Blanc) create practical objects, whose function is very clear and whose results also depend on simple materials. Solid wood and ceramics are two of their base elements for creating the majority of their objects, and the current push for environmentalism that is happening at the moment is also a term that fits their work. “It’s very important for us to make clear that Matimañana demands certificates from all our suppliers, guaranteeing the correct farming and processing of the materials we use,” they state.
“We want to reclaim the origin of the phrase ‘product design’, giving special priority to the function and selection of materials, allowing them to determine the formation of the object, avoiding frivolous aesthetics and always considering conceptual rationality,” says Oriol.
That is why the entire process that leads to the creation of the piece is so important to the pair – from the first sketch on paper, to the working method followed by the artisans they collaborate with, or know about the behaviour of the materials to discover the durability and optimal ageing of each product.
“We want to reclaim the origin of the phrase ‘product design’, giving special priority to the function and selection of materials, allowing them to determine the formation of the object”.
Their range spans many different areas, but it is the domestic sphere where their ideas emerge most quickly and fruitfully. Matimañana presents new forms of hangers, chopping boards for the kitchen, individual racks, supports for phones, change holders… all objects that are fundamentally elemental and concrete.
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