ByAdrian Thompson | Photography courtesy of nanimarquina
Designer Begüm Cana Özgür collaborates
with international rug maker Nani Marquina
to create a contemporary collection based
on traditional craftsmanship.
When it comes to rug making, designers Begüm Cana Özgür and Nani Marquina have a
parallel approach in terms of innovation,
aesthetics, and social impact. It should be
of no surprise then that the simple meeting
between the two at Wanted Design 2016
during NYCxDesign has now turned into
a captivating, colorful collection known
Originally a self-initiated project, the
Shade collection was created by Turkish
designer Özgür in 2015. On display at
Wanted Design’s LaunchPAD section, it
caught the eye of Marquina, rug maker
and founder of nanimarquina, who quickly
moved to collaborate with Özgür. “I got excited when Nani showed up in front of my
work,” Özgür told i+s. “I knew the brand and I knew her work. It was an opportunity
to get her feedback. After that, a future collaboration became the subject.”
In 2014 Özgür opened her own studio in Istanbul where the cultural richness of
the land has been a major theme in her work along with developing her interest in
ancient craft practices. Her background with age-old weaving techniques aligned
with that of Marquina who also has an appreciation for traditional craftsmanship.
“My father, Rafael Marquina, played a huge part in where I am today,” Marquina
said. “He was one of the first industrial designers in Spain; he was a pioneer. Every
day when he got home with new designs he had created, I was totally captivated
and he passed on to me his great passion—designing.”
Marquina didn’t start creating rugs overnight, however. “I started out by
designing prints for interior decor after studying product design,” she told i+s.
“When I started in the ‘80s, I realized there were no rugs in accordance with the
new aesthetics of design.”
ABOVE Shade is available
in four ombré palettes:
to forest green, and gray
to brownish garnet.
ABOVE RIGHT Designer Begüm
a hands-on design process.