Visually exciting, experimental ranges

Mutina’s designer ranges offer an endless selection of textures and colours — from soft, neutral and dark shades to bold and vibrant tones, with exciting patterns, glazed finishes and relief textures.

The desire to innovate, combined with their commitment to art and design, ensures that they produce high-quality, distinctive materials which cannot be rivalled. Working with top designers including Patricia Urquiola, Konstantin Grcic, and Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, amongst many other stars of the international design world, results in visually exciting, often experimental ranges which transcend the limits of tile design to help create spaces that are utterly unique.

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Read on for information about the various designers that make up the heart of Mutina. A close-knit team that share the same passions in their work: art, good design, architecture, product approach and a unique take on life. 

Patricia Urquiola

Spanish architect and director, adopted Italian. A pioneer of the Mutina team.

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, but has lived and worked in Milan for over 20 years. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Milan, where she graduated in 1989 and Achille Castiglioni oversaw her graduate thesis. In the early years of her career, she was assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni, she collaborated with Vico Magistretti and was Head of Design at Lissoni Associati.

Urquiola has won several international prizes, including Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes and the Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded to her by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, “Designer of the Decade” and “Designer of the Year”.

Ranges designed by Patricia Urquiola include: Azulej, Bas-Relief, Cover, Dechirer, Dechirer Glass, Dechirer La Suite, Dechirer XL (pictured below) and Tierras.

Dechirer XL by Patricia Urquiola

Hella Jongerius

Designer and tireless researcher, Hella is well known for her never-ending colour and material study.

Born in the Netherlands but based in Berlin, Hella joined the Mutina team in 2018. Hella is known for combining the traditional with the contemporary in order to create products with individual character by including craft elements in the industrial production process.

She founded Jongeriuslab in 1993, where both independent projects and works for major clients are developed. The designer also acts as Art Director for Vitra and Design Director for Danskina, Kvadrat and Maharam’s rug atelier.

In 2017, Jongerius received the Sikkens Prize, thanks to her special contribution to the field of colour. Furthermore, many of her products can be found in the permanent collections of important museums, such as MoMA (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam).

Hella Jongerius designed the range Diarama (pictured below).

Diarama by Hella Jongerius

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

British designers and architects, known to challenge the multidisciplinary boundaries of design, architecture and art. 

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, founders of the London-based studio that takes their names, joined the Mutina team in 2013 with the Mews range. They renovated the collaboration with Puzzle and launched Lane and Primavera in 2018.

Barber and Osgerby opened their London-based studio in 1996, after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Their multidisciplinary approach pushes the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Their works include collections for Knoll, Vitra, B & B Italia, Cappellini, Venini and Flos, limited edition pieces and commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and the £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint.

The first extensive monograph on the pair was published by Rizzoli New York in 2011. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and Honorary Doctors of Art. Their work is included in the permanent collections of museums all around the world, such as V&A and Design Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Chicago’s Art Institute.

Ranges designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby include Lane, Mews, Primavera and Puzzle (pictured below).

Puzzle by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

Inga Sempé

Artist and designer born in Paris to a family of artists, a factor which has influenced her unique, personal approach.

Artist and designer Inga Sempé joined the Mutina team in 2014. Inga Sempé was born in Paris to a family of artists. Although never linked to design, the importance of drawing in her family environment was certainly a factor in the way her personal approach now differs from other French designers. After graduating from the ENSCI Atelier (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle – Paris) in 1993, she worked in various design and interior architecture studios and opened her own Paris-based studio in 2000.

From 2000 to 2001, Sempé designed her first personal projects produced by Edra and Cappellini at the Villa Medici (Academie de France) in Rome. In 2003, she received the Paris Grand Prize of Creation for design and had a solo show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The designer collaborates with French brand Ligne Roset and international companies such as LucePlan, Wästberg, Moustache, Alessi, Almedahls, Hay, Svenkst Tenn and Cassina.

Inga Sempé designed the range Tratti (pictured below).

Tratti by Inga Sempé

Konstantin Grcic

German artist and designer, Grcic has an analytical and rational approach that focuses on simplicity.

After studying design at the Royal College of Art in London, Konstantin Grcic opened his own studio in Munich in 1991, where he developed furniture, products and lighting for some the world’s leading design companies (Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Magis, Maharam, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra).

Many of his products received international design awards, such as the prestigious Compasso d’Oro for his Mayday lamp (Flos) in 2001 and the Muto chair (Plank) in 2011, furthermore, they are part of the permanent collections of the most important design museums (MoMA – New York, Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris).

The Royal Society for the Arts appointed Konstantin Grcic as Royal Designer for Industry in 2009, while Design Miami awarded him, Designer of the Year, in 2010. A comprehensive monograph of his work was published by Phaidon Press, London (2005).

Konstantin Grcic designed the range Numi (pictured below).

 

Numi by Konstantin Grcic

Tokujin Yoshioka

Experimental Japanese artist and designer whose work explores the relationship between nature and human senses, transcending boundaries within the art and design sphere.

Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka joined the Mutina team in 2010. Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Japan, where he trained with Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, and opened his studio in 2000. He collaborated with Japanese and international brands, such as Hermès, Toyota, BMW, Swarovski, Driade, Moroso and Kartell, among others.

The signature feature of his creative approach is the poetic and light, dreamlike quality of his work, which stems from the attentive and sophisticated selection of simple materials combined with technological experimentation.

Some of his works are exhibited at MoMA and Cooper Hewitt (New York), Victoria & Albert (London) and at the Vitra Design Museum. His awards include Design Miami, Designer of the Year 2007, Wallpaper Design Awards 2008 and Elle Decoration International Design Award, Designer of the Year 2009. In 2011 he received the Wallpaper Design Award and the Elle Decoration Design Award for his Phenomenon collection designed for Mutina.

Tokujin Yoshioka designed the range Phenomenon (pictured below).

Phenomenon by Tokujin Yoshioka

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

French designers and brothers who collaborate in a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence.

The collaboration between Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec develops as a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities. The design for many manufacturers, including Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established & Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Hay, Nanimarquina, Issey Miyake and Cappellini, and often embark on occasional architectural projects. They simultaneously continue their experimental activity at Galerie Kreo in Paris.

Their work has been recognised with many awards, including designers of the year at the Paris Salon du Meuble in 2002, the Finn-Juhl Prize in Copenhagen in 2008, two “Best of the Best” Red Dot Design Award and the Panerai London Design Medal in 2014. Several exhibitions have showcased their works and their creations are part of the permanent collections of several international museums.

Ranges designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec include: Piano, Pico and Rombini (pictured below).

Rombini by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Raw Edges

Design studio founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, whose different approaches combine in the creation of original projects, transforming the 'everyday' into the 'inventive'.

The Raw Edges design studio joined the Mutina team in 2010. Both born in Tel Aviv, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay moved from Jerusalem to London, where they founded the Raw Edges Design Studio. Yael likes to fold slim layers of all sorts of material as if they were paper, creating curved volumes and functional forms, while Shay has a passionate interest in the way things move, function and interact. These two different approaches combine in the creation of original projects, characterised by a keen sensitivity towards the environment.

In 2009, they received the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established & Sons and the Designers of the Future Award at Design Miami/Basel. They work with many international brands such as Cappellini, Established & Sons, Moroso, Kvadrat, Stella McCartney, Arco, Golran, Moustache and Lema. Their creations are part of the permanent collections at international museums.

Ranges designed by Raw Edges include: Folded, Folded XL, Tape (pictured below) and Tex

Tape by Raw Edges

Mutina Team

In addition to collaborating with well-known designers, Mutina's in-house design team have created a range called Drift (pictured below). 

Drift was born from the idea of preserving the traces of the creation process on the surface of the ceramic material, creating a product that is at once sober and elegant, contemporary and informal. A path that begins with perhaps the most significant and spectacular act, that is the moment of casting in the moulds, from which the texture and the irregular weft of these coverings in 30x120 cm and 15x120 cm sizes derives.

Drift respects the environment and it doesn't contain V.O.C.

Heterogeneity becomes added value in Drift by reproducing plays of light that catch the eye, inviting it to retrace the flows and circularity reproduced on ceramic surfaces, recovering their original imprinting. The colour palette plays with precious natural shades of grey, ivory and écru. Thanks to its aesthetic and technical characteristics, the range is suitable for floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors.

Drift by the Mutina team

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