La Mamba Studio: “We designers need to be critical of ourselves” lifestyle
They met while studying a postgraduate degree in Valencia, and since then they have become inseparable. Ommar Uribe, Raúl Durá and Pedro Rivera laid out their common interests and concerns to bring life to this project, one of their most innovative in terms of product design.
Their history goes back to the first decade of the 2000s. At that time, Ommar Uribe, Raúl Durá and Pedro Rivera, the three founders of the studio, were studying a master’s degree in Design Engineering in Valencia, where, between coffees and projects, a shared concept emerged: La Mamba.
Conceived as a contemporary, multi-disciplinary firm with projects ranging from product design and interior design services to branding and art direction for companies, their creations are known worldwide. In recognition of their work, the trio have been invited to attend international fairs and exhibitions like the International Design Biennial in Saint Étienne (France), the Dubai International Design Fair, the Cervantes Institute of Milan and the Tokyo Design Week (Japan).”For us, shape, function and material must work together like parts of a gear. We cannot understand a project from a formal point of view without knowing its function and materials, or vice versa”, the three designers explain.
“Shape, function and material must work together like parts of a gear”
Their headquarters, located in the trendy Ruzafa neighbourhood (Valencia), responds to an evolving global design where much of the world’s perspectives and challenges are combined.
This ongoing search for answers to questions about the future and future design led them to create Omelette-ed in 2012, their own furniture brand that now operates in over 15 countries. “We felt the need to release an editorial to market products that are simple and honest, as these are the principles that guide our designs. Although we initially edited our designs, we gradually incorporated top designers such as Francesc Rifé, Isaac Piñeiro and Iratzoki Lizaso. This process has allowed us to grow to where we are now, taking on projects with an international dimension”, they affirm from their studio, La Mamba.
Consistency, the principle that governs and emanates from all their designs, is the basis for the graphic language they began developing around 2008 (year they opened their studio). Since then, their multiple collaborations with brands such as Temmens and Urbatek by the Porcelanosa Group — for whom they designed the main showroom and developed their art direction — has helped enrich this language.
These synergies gave the three designers a better understanding of their environment and the functionality of their collections. “Design must be consistent. The same is true of the brand’s identity and interior design. We must understand design from a 360-degree perspective so that our clients can be seen as a whole. We try to be consistent with their needs to provide added value to each brand”, the three of them stress in unison.
“We try to be consistent with their needs to provide added value to each brand”
Design as an experimental method
Status is acquired with persistence, sustainability and innovation — the values that apply to their day-to-day work and their new lines of research. These values also imply discipline, observation, reasoning, testing and improving society with new findings and design theories. Results of the deductive method. “We live in a consumer society where low prices make us overlook the durability of products and the large amount of waste they generate. We opt for timeless products whose quality materials are a distinguishing factor. This requires selecting sustainable materials, such as wood grown in sustainably managed forests”, the designers add.
While these awards recognise the value of their work and their achievements, none of the three are quick to boast. First and foremost, humility and self-criticism. That’s their school.
“We designers need to be very critical of ourselves and contribute sustainable products that reduce environmental impact. That is our challenge”, they conclude.
Picture from Mirror de Omelette-ed.
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