Sometimes taking the micro view yields macro effect. That's certainly true of Cristian Zuzunaga's Pixel Cushions, with their color-play of vivid hues. Barcelona-born Cristian's first love as a student was biology and no doubt the hours he logged at the microscope led to his fascination with closeups. But the pixilated motif also references the computer-driven world where cultures intermingle with ease and bold graphics compete for attention.
Each cushion is slightly different from the next depending on where the face is cut from the expansive swath of fine Merino wool, digitally printed by Kvadrat.
London-educated but truly a citizen of the globe, Cristian values long-term sustainability practices and the finest materials, evident here in fine virgin merino wool that pulsates with an exuberant depth of color. Also check out his blankets, made of the softest, high-quality cotton yarn and equivalently printed. The Pixel Cushion Collection deservedly took the prize at the 2013 London Design Festival.
19.75" l x 11.75" d (50x30cm)
Fine virgin Merino wool
Each cushion design is unique due to where the square cut lands on the expansive swath of digitally printed fabric.
Trevira CS printed in Denmark by Kvadrat
“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.”