With functionality, craftsmanship and sustainability as goals, Andreu Carulla creates beautiful, lively pieces with a timeless appeal. Following his childhood dream of becoming an inventor, Catalan born Andreu Carulla graduated in Industrial Design Engineering in 2002 and started his career working for several Barcelona’s design firms while teaching at Girona’s Polytechnic University. Bored with the frantic rhythm of city life, in 2006 he moved back to his small hometown and founded the product design studio that carries his name, one of the most experimental design firms practising in Spain today.
Since its inception, the studio’s work has spanned different disciplines of design, from furniture and lighting design, to crafting sculptural pieces, to imparting workshops. By constantly experimenting with materials, old school techniques and contemporary processes, a whimsical flair has embedded the firm’s projects, granting a distinctive touch to each design. The studio’s work has earned several awards, including 2015’s Best of the Best Red Dot Award, 2016’s ADI-FAD Silver Delta Award (judged by Jasper Morrison and others) and 2012’s Elle Décor Best Young Spanish Designer, while its designs have been featured in Wallpaper, Surface, Monocle, Elle Deco and Architectural Digest.
Andreu Carulla travelled to the Isle of Bute, curious to know more about Bute Fabrics and their renown in the textile industry. After having worked with clients such as Nanimarquina on giving three-dimensional applications to textiles originally intended for traditional uses, Andreu was intrigued at the possibilities that could lie ahead with a manufacturer such as Bute. Given a warm welcome by Wendy Murray, Bute’s Business Development Manager and introduced to John Glen, the Managing Director, the Spanish studio was then given a comprehensive tour of the manufacturer’s facilities.
The range of material choices, fantastic colour and attention to detail is something that resonated with our love of craftsmanship and immediately got us thinking about new ideas - Andreu Carulla
With both functionality and sustainability being part of the studio’s goals, the durability of the fabrics Bute produces was particularly remarkable. On top of this Andreu was impressed by the fact the workshops are on the same site as the manufacturer’s headquarters and creative studios, and are run on a zero material-waste basis, giving not only excellent testing ground for designers, but demonstrating an ecological commitment as well.
Bute Fabrics has an amazing story that not every manufacturer is privileged enough to be able to tell commented Andreu As easy as it could be to stand still with this history, Bute is moving forward in very exciting ways.