Biography

 

Cristian Zuzunaga (b. Barcelona, 1978) is the son of a Peruvian father and a Catalan mother. He gave up his biology studies and his career as a professional model to study Typo/Graphic Design at the London College of Communication followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art in London, where he has lived for more than twenty years.

 

Though the biological studies did not last, the practice of magnifying did–he has always been fascinated by the microscope and the way in which it enables one to magnify an object–and to this day, breaking down patterns and images into their infinitesimal components remains at the core of his work.

 

Cristian’s work is broad in scope–includes photography, video, letterpress, screen printing, sculpture, textile and furniture design–and it is informed by the psychology of colour, architecture and the urban environment, nature, Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, anthropology, sociology and the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung.

 

His designs and works of art are reflection on and of what it means to be human today. In 2010 he founded Zuzunaga brand, with the desire to create timeless, non-gender specific and sustainable home and fashion textiles and accessories.

 

Zuzunaga has won major accolades such as the Augustus Martin Award for Best Use of Print, in 2007; Elle Decoration International Design Award for Best Fabric Design, Skyline curtain collection for Kvadrat, in 2011; ICFF New York, 1st Prize for Textiles, Handwoven collection, in 2012 and the Wallpaper Award for Best Pixellation, in 2014.

 

Cristian combines his own manufacturing with collaborative work for companies and institutions like the Tate Gallery, Kvadrat, Camper, Ligne Roset, Fabergé, Nanimarquina and BD Barcelona Design, and also exhibits his work in a number of galleries around the world.

Selected Projectes and Collaborations

 

2019 Collaboration with Camper. Designed a limited edition shoe in the Art by category.

2018 Collaboration with Camper. Designed a limited edition shoe in the Art by category.

2017 London Showroom launch in collaboration with BD Barcelona Design.

2016 Origen exhibition. Galeria Lucia de la Puente. Lima, Peru.

2015 Collaboration with BD Barcelona Design. Designed the Dreams cabinet in 3 colourways. Design meets Art.

2014 Collaboration with Metalarte, Art by category. Design of pattern design for award winning Alta Costura lamp.

2013 Domaine de Boisbuchet & Vitra, Summer workshop in collaboration with Texidors. Collaboration with Campaign for Wool and Brintons, designed 34m runner exhibited at Somerset House, London

2012 Designed 3 new curtain collections for Kvadrat (ongoing collaboration). Design colour collection for Danskina to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the company.

2011 Faberge Egg Hunt & Elephant Trust Charity event in London | Commissioned to design a one – off egg which was sold at an auction. Artists included: Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Chapman Brothers, Marc Quinn among others.

2010 Digit rug collection for Nanimarquina, Salone del Mobile, Milan. Special commission for Hästens & Wallpaper*, Handmade, Salone del Mobile, Milan. Skyline curtain collection for Kvadrat, Orgatec, Cologne.

2009 Special commission for Tate Gallery, silk scarf and bag for the Color Chart exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Imaginatio print designed for Christophe Delcourt.

2008 Collaboration with Ligne Roset. Designed an exclusive print to upholster key furniture pieces to mark the 150 anniversary of Ligne Roset.

2007 Cristian graduated from Royal College of Art and right after his graduation he was selected to take part at the Fashion V Sport exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Selected Awards

 

2014 Wallpaper* Award for Best Pixelation

2012 ICFF New York, 1st Prize for Textiles, Handwoven collection

2011 Elle Decoration International Design Award for Best Fabric Design, Skyline curtain collection for Kvadrat

2007 Augustus Martin Award for Best Use of Print

Exhibitions & Presentations

 

2017
Clerkenwell Design Week & DEZEEN | Talk with Marcus Friars | April
IMM Cologne | Launch of our Furniture collection | January

2016
“Origen” solo exhibition. Lucia de la Puente Galeria, Lima Peru | December
London Design Week | Textile Exhibition at Skandium | Sept

2015
Presentation artwork during Clerkenwell Design Week. Brintons | May

2014
“A+R in Los Angeles during Design Week | June
“Arkitektura”  solo show in San Francisco | June
“Ventura Lambrate, Milano Salone del Mobile | April

2013
“YCN” at 72 Rivington Street, London. Brick Installation/window installation. | October
“SO SOTTSSASS” at Darkroom London. | September – December

2012
“Volta 8” at ArtBasel, Volat show for emerging artists | June
“Outside In” group exhibition. Ventura Lambrate, Milano. Zuzunaga curated and designed space | April

2011
“Gravity” solo show at EB&Flow Gallery in Shoreditch, London | September
“Fraternal Twins” group exhibition at Moss gallery, New York | May – June
“Since Tomorrow” group exhibition at EB&Flow Gallery in Shoreditch, London | March

2010 “Handmade” group exhibition organized by Wallpaper magazine | Brioni House in Milano | 15th April
“Work in Progress” solo show | 15th – 20th of June, solo exhibition | Barcelona
100% Design | Presentation of Kvadrat’s collection of fabrics and cushions | Kvadrat’s showroom in London | September
Orgatec | Furniture Fair Biennale in Cologne | Presentation of the collection of curtains designed for Kvadrat | October
Tokyo Design Fair | Presentation of Zuzunaga as a brand | collaboration with ICEX, Spanish Embassy | November

2009
“Significant Colour group exhibition | Shows 2 fabric panels: Aurea and Amplificatio | Aram Gallery in London | May-June
QUADRATSQUARE | Presentation of bespoke shirts | Collaboration with designer Peter Maxwell Smith | January.
“Color Patch”  solo show curated by Elizabeth Leriche | Trends Exhibition at Maison et Objet | Shows his 1st collection of textiles | January.

2008
“Mytopanton”  group exhibition | Hessen design in Germany | 3 outfits from
QUADRAT fashion collection  were on display | November.
Fashion V Sport Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London | An outfit from QUADRAT fashion collection is
on display | September.

2007
Final Show | Royal College of Art | June.
Work in Progress Show | Royal College of Art | January.

 

 

Contact

info@cristianzuzunaga.com