The maze dates back to mythological lore but here it gets a reformat for the digital age in Cristian Zuzunaga's Labyrinth Blanket, part of his evolving Bitmap Collection. The exactingly detailed pixel jacquard is knitted in finest quality cotton with a hint of nylon, lending the throw a subtle elasticity to retain its shape. And a touch of whimsy! As the Spanish designer notes, the very word makes a droll tribute to two of his favorite cities, New York and London (NY/LON). Not to mention his continuing exploration of color as a spatial medium that enforces personal identity and encourages interaction between individuals and their surroundings.
55.25" l x 70.75" w (140x180cm)
90% cotton 10% nylon
Made in Spain
“We are alchemists. We are not robots. We are so much more than something mechanical that is simply switched off when we die,” says artist and designer Cristian Zuzunaga. It’s an interesting comment from someone whose work focuses on the pixel, the cynosure of our digital life. Yet this Barcelona-born, London-based citizen of the world interprets that inspiration with analog traditions of the finest materials and a sustainable sensibility, grounded in hand craftsmanship. For the work, he has garnered awards including the ICFF Award for Best Textiles in New York and the coveted Les Découvertes award at Maison & Objet in Paris.
The son of a Catalan mother and a Peruvian father, Cristian set out at age 17 to travel the globe and define his place in it. Now settled in London where he finished his studies with an MA at the Royal College of Art, he also maintains a studio in his native city. Both his training as a graphic designer and his original interest as a student of biology inform his micro/macro view and use of color to provoke an emotional response. “We have to live for and through the senses,” he says. “That’s why I use multicolors.”