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Playful Pattern: Interview with Casa Estudio

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Sep 22, 2014 - We caught up with the creative minds behind the Merida Collection to find out what inspired their bold geometric rugs.

'Good design should make you happy,' say Casa Estudio designers Andres Ros Soto and Giles Round. And we think their collection of daring, graphic rugs do just that.

Andres - For our first collaboration, we were commissioned to cover the columns of the Royal Academy with different patterns for a fashion exhibition. It was more about decoration there and then it kind of evolved into bits of furniture and then into a rug.

Giles - Even though we're from different backgrounds we work well together. I’m an artist and Andres is an exhibition/product designer. I’m from London and he’s from Mexico City.

How would you describe your collective style?

Andres – It’s quite simple, simple construction. But we do like pattern and we do like strong colours... that’s where it always starts.

Giles – Yeah, we have a reasonably 'pop' sensibility but we do also like simplicity and function. But I think you can sum it up as: pattern, geometry and colour.

Anything in particular that's inspiring you at the moment?

Andres - Our studio is at the Golden Lane Estate in London, which is this great modernist building, very bold and geometric and overlooks the Barbican – so I guess modernism and architecture inspires us.

Giles –  More than just modernism though... I love the whole 20th century. I’m particularly into the 80s and 90s at the moment. For the Merida collection, I flew to meet Andres in Mexico during the deadline. So, a lot of it was worked on before in the studio and then also during the flight. And then we finalised the colours in Mexico City, so that influenced us - the patterns and the textiles and the colour. It really is a fusion of the two cities.

Do you have a design routine?

Giles – I work all the time. I don’t understand weekends. It depends on what’s happening. But generally there’s coffee.

Andres – Lots of coffee.

Giles - There’s always music in the air too.

How about a studio dog?

No pets. Just lots of plants.

What inspired the Merida collection?

Giles - I like that pattern has this quite transferable idea – it could be a woven rug, a bedspread, or tiling, or a table. So we began with the pattern because you can take it anywhere you want. We like rugs because it’s amazing how much warmth textile can bring to a home.

Andres - We do spend a lot of time picking colours. I find myself doing everything in yellow, we're definitely keen on yellow.

Giles - I always like the clash of blue and black too. The colours were partly intuitive, whatever worked together for both of us. The 'Blue' rug (above) came first and the next two designs are part of the same pattern... but the 'Blue' one is the most free. We tried to think about how these could work in different domestic situations too, although one of them is partly designed for my dad.

How did you find working with

Andres – I like Made’s accessibility. It’s good quality design and not at ridiculous prices. I mean it’s a nice system – I remember thinking it just makes sense, a really clever idea of production.

Giles – It was an exciting prospect for us, to take something that we’ve been working on and see more than one. I like that the first thing we produced was a rug, something soft and tactile and warm, not hard and shiny like furniture. It's a good place to start.

Transform your living room look with a Merida rug, just £249. Bare-feet friendly, each rug is hand crafted from super-soft wool for a luxurious feel. Fair trade too - made by artisans in India helping to combat illegal child labour and support the families of carpet weavers.

Find out more about our designers here.

9 thoughts on “Playful Pattern: Interview with Casa Estudio”

  • RT said:

    November 23, 2012


  • Ben Johnson said:

    November 23, 2012

    Absolutely love these rugs!

  • House extensions Leeds said:

    November 26, 2012

    Love them all!

  • Mrs chloe macintosh said:

    February 22, 2013

    This is definitely one of my favorite collections from the Made catalogue. it is such a bold statement. i have one in the playroom and the kids also love the colourful shapes.

  • Jerry Jackson said:

    February 22, 2013

    I think the rugs look r8 nice. They do remind me of Mexico city and I wish they were available in more irregular shapes.

    I see some Dudeism in them too which makes me put them all in my cart.

  • Annabel said:

    February 22, 2013

    Really beautiful quality. They are in the Notting Hill Gate showroom so can check them out.

  • Karine said:

    February 22, 2013

    Fell in love straight away with the Merida rugs. Simple and colourful. Perfect for my living room. Ordered two - one grey and one blue. Will definitely send a pic!

  • Chris said:

    March 1, 2013

    love the design and colours. can't wait to get ours; only a few weeks to wait now :)

  • rose peel said:

    May 28, 2013

    where is the 'super soft wool' sourced from?

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