Globe style Saturday
Globe Style Saturday at IDS14, presented by PARA Paints, explored the real trends that are driving how design shapes our cities, neighbourhoods and homes. This powerhouse speaker series featured three renowned designers that helped us understand how design works today. The inspiring line-up included Rafael de Cárdenas, founder of Architecture at Large, designer Sami Ruotsalainen of Marimekko, and interior designer Muriel Brandolini.
In conversation with Andrew Sardone, fashion editor of The Globe and Mail
Sami Ruotsalainen is a designer with a long Marimekko history. He graduated from the Aalto University of Art and Design in 2005 with a Master’s Degree and has a particular expertise in ceramic, product design and glassware.Sami started working at Marimekko in 2001 and is currently working as part of Marimekko’s design team. In addition to designing products Sami plans and styles photo shoots and exhibitions. Sami’s work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries. He has also designed tableware for another iconic Finnish design brand Arabia, worked as a product designer in Japan and designed unique ceramic series. Sami says his passions are collecting vintage ceramics and cooking, and the latter often inspires many of his new product ideas.
Founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratiain, Marimekko is a textile and design company based in Helsinki. The company was established in an effort to combat and revitalize the dull palette that characterized Finland after the Second World War, commissioning painters and artists to create wild and vivacious prints that didn’t resemble anything else on the market. Marimekko’s use of bright colours and bold, distinctive patterns has made the company a household name, both in Finland and around the world. The company is firmly rooted in its history and the design philosophy that has evolved from it, and will uphold this tradition as it continues to grow.
With 20 years of experience, Muriel’s life and work have been featured in Vogue, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others, and in 2011, her book, The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors, was published. In 2012, Muriel was named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers in the world.
Muriel Brandolini’s unique and elegant design style has made her one of the most in-demand interior designers on the international scene. Her modernist-tropical palette – a mix of Vietnam, Venezuela and France – reflects the cultures she grew up with, and continues to be influenced by her travels. Born in Vietnam and raised in Martinique, Muriel began her career in fashion, working as a stylist and then as an editor at Italian Vogue. After moving to New York City in 1993, she discovered her love of interior design when designing her first home with her husband.
Muriel’s intuitive approach to design has allowed her to design freely, without limiting herself to the practical or possible. Her interiors are marked by a dynamic colour sense, rich textures and patterns, and dramatic juxtapositions of old and new.
Rafael de Cárdenas
In conversation with Amy Verner, style editor of The Globe and Mail
Rafael de Cárdenas is the founder of Architecture at Large, a New York-based design firm specializing in residential and commercial interiors, architecture, furniture and integrated objects.
Born and raised in New York, Rafael studied fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design before working as a men’s collection designer at Calvin Klein for three years. He later received a master’s in architecture from UCLA in 2002. After graduation, Rafael’s first project was a collaboration with architect Greg Lynn on the redesign of the World Trade Center site, with their submission placing in the final six entries. He subsequently worked as a creative director for Imaginary Forces, a special effects production house, before opening his own design firm in 2006.
Rafael’s work has gained attention for his use of bold geometric shapes, distinctive black-and-white contrasts and vibrant colours. His background in fashion continues to inform his practice, and he has created commercial spaces for Barney’s, Nike and Nordstrom, as well as a furniture collection with Johnson Trading Gallery. Rafael’s desire to create environments with moods, as opposed to one specific style, has allowed him to work with a wide range of clients. He has designed interiors for boutiques, restaurants and private residences in London, Rome, Athens, Cape Town, Chicago, Miami, New York and The Hamptons.