Black on White

Each new day brings a reason to create and laugh, waking to new things.

Faced with the challenge of a blank page, three creatives were invited to embody their work for a collection of rugs. A graphic and industrial designer, a painter, and a writer and gallery owner are the people behind the exclusive “Black on White” collection that showcases personal visions of contemporary rug design.

The three rugs: Estambul, Limbo & Manuscrit share a common bond, the absence of colour. The combination of black and white intensifies the identity of each piece. Each rug is a dichotomy, a horizontal canvas. A masterpiece under your feet.

Javier Mariscal

Marked by his “creative incontinence”, Mariscal has been expressing his sensibilities through a variety of disciplines, artistic or otherwise.

Born in Valencia, Mariscal has developed his professional career in Barcelona. The Mediterranean culture of both cities is revealed in his work: the hedonism, optimism and symbolism, as well as the vibrant range of colours and his poetic approach. Before dealing with projects from a multidisciplinary point of view became a recognised value, his professional activity of moving from one discipline to another, thanks to his untiring curiosity and his passion to innovate, contributes to make everyday life more interesting, easy and friendly. From furniture design to painting, sculpture, and illustration, interior and graphic design, animation, landscaping, among many others, all have been the treated with his unique professional and personal vision.

Mariscal expresses himself using a personal language that is complex in intention, yet simple in manifestation, innocent yet at the same time provocative, enabling him to innovate, take risks and communicate, to keep ‘tickling’ the eyes of those who see his work and create complicity with others.

www.mariscal.com

Joaquim Ruiz Millet

Architect, founder with Ana Planella of the Galeria H2O (1989), editor and writer, he has published the monograph Barba Corsini, Arquitectura/Architecture (1995). He is the author of works of poetry, including 1 Empieza Acaba 1(1 Begins Ends 1) (1987) and El Núcleo de la Resistencia, Años de Felicidad (Years of Happiness: The Core of the Resistance) (1994), as well as the author of the novel No Me Rayes (Don’t Bug Me) (2003), first volume about the life of the teenagers of the urban periphery. The second volume Sabotaje:Arte/Adrenalina, is going to be published during 2013.

Xano Armenter

Born in Las Palmas in a Catalan family, Armenter studied graphic design and art at the Escola Eina in Barcelona. The artist looks to Catalan informalism, emergent local conceptualism and pop for inspiration.

In 1980, Armenter moved to New York, to study at the School of Visual Arts with Milton Glaser (1981), and at the New York Academy (1982). Living in the East Village, he was curious about the influence of “pattern painting”, an ephemeral movement with a high impact on the urban scene of the legendary city, where graffiti and a new generation of artists proposed an early return to painting.

During the ‘90s, and a subsequent move to Los Angeles, his work takes on a colourful abstraction while experimenting with figurative representations. Barcelona is now his home, and his work can be found in collections around the world.

Why do I need a rug?

Did you know that, together with ceramics, rugs are one of the few elements that have accompanied human beings since prehistoric times, preserving ancient techniques?