Madrid-based designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón is one to watch. He studied at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, then Central Saint Martins in London, where he designed his first to-market product, the Glow Brick (made by Suck UK) in 2004. Last year de Ocón’s PET Lamps – colourful lampshades hand woven from strips of discarded plastic bottles – were nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2014 award.
Meanwhile, he’s also been busy hacking Eames chairs in a delightful way. Home/Office, his most recent work, sees Vitra’s Aluminium Chair (designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1958) decorated with various cross-stitched floral patterns. The ‘tattoos’, as he calls them, are hand-stitched by a professional on to the woven mesh fabric of the chair, therefore do not damage the upholstery.
The idea, says de Ocón, is to transform an industrially produced object using a traditional technique.