Buit x Gandia Blasco by Mayice Studio

Mayice is a multi-disciplinary studio with its headquarters in Madrid founded by architects Marta Alonso Yebra and Imanol Calderón Elósegui in 2014. Over recent years they have worked on interior design projects and objects that have been exhibited at the design weeks of cities such as New York, London, and Milan. For their creations, they like to work with local craftsmen through detailed research into materials and processes, and the BUIT chair is just another proof of that. Produced in aluminium mesh interwoven with Kvadrat-Febrik textile, it is a functional outdoor chair that merges comfort with resistance.

The Beginning

Mayice Studio: The dialogue between craft and technology constitutes an important part of our philosophy, also shared with the Furniture brand, Gandia Blasco. BUIT is the new outdoor furniture collection designed by our Studio for Gandia Blasco. Both firms share a great respect for tradition combined with using innovative materials within a natural dialogue that flows between past and present.  

BUIT: a dialogue between craft and technology

Mayice Studio: BUIT features aluminium, the material of choice for Gandia Blasco, which after researching its resistance and ergonomics, is used to create pieces that form a modular collection including a simple armchair and a pouf made from an aluminium mesh, woven with a special padded textile for the outdoors, Febrik Kvadrat. The modular nature and lightness of the collection allow the creation of sofas, outdoor beds, and other larger configurations. BUIT is a collaboration that brings together the sensibilities and interests of both the brand and the designers of this sculptural collection with a marked artistic quality. It was on display at the Rossana Orlandi arts space in Milan during the 2019 edition of the Salone del Mobile.

The importance of crafts

Mayice Studio: The only way to create prototypes and innovation through our design methods is by integrating crafts. The industry always asks for a huge quantity of pieces, and we need to do many prototypes before the final pieces. Our process is slow and used to take a lot of time. On the other hand, the times we are living make us to be even more concerned about how long our designs will last, and what kind of natural materials and techniques are we going to use. Producing less and reusing more is really important to us.

Future of Design

Mayice Studio: crafts will be even more important. There will be fewer resources and less waste. We will use more natural materials and more functional and necessary products. Imperfection will be assumed and perceived as beauty – all our products are crafted and they are never perfect. We will reinvent the packaging in order to be biodegradable (for us this is so important and so difficult too).

Interview and Design by Mayice Studio | Edited and manufactured by Gandia Blasco | Textiles by Kvadrat-Febrik | Photography Pablo Gómez-Ogando Rodríguez.