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Wood Branches, Diversity n. 17 (prototype)

Nacho Carbonell (Spanish. 1980-)

Created: 2012
Materials:Metal armature, wood, branches, papier-mâché
Dimensions: 86.5 x 118 x 91 inches

Extreme experimentation with materials and ideas is central to the work of Nacho Carbonell (known internationally as simply Nacho). The distinct gravel-, thorn-, or branch-covered surfaces of the combined desk forms in the Diversity series suggest a demographically diverse neighborhood and made Nacho the star of the 2010 Salone di Mobile in Milan. The chairs are handmade by a small team of assistants using laborious processes in Nacho’s studio in Eindhoven, Netherlands; he will assemble Diversity n.17 inside Mint Museum Uptown himself. Nacho graduated from the Spanish University of Cardenal Herrera-CEU and the prestigious Design Academy, Eindhoven. He was nominated Designer of the Year in 2009 by the Design Museum, London, and designation as Designer of the Future by the Design Miami / Basel committee later that same year. With a reputation as an innovator in his use of various media, techniques, and as a provocateur par excellence, Nacho is the hottest young designer of the moment.