Masquespacio on Channeling Play in Shape-Shifting Design

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guests are the co-owners of the creative studio Masquespacio, based in Valencia, Spain: creative director Ana Hernández and Christophe Penasse (who, in his words, do “everything else”).

Masquespacio has been recognized worldwide for its playful, energetic projects in Spain and elsewhere, symbolized by the stunning interior of La Sastrería in the Canyamelar-Cabanyal neighborhood of Valenica. Undulating waves – in the floor and with ornaments on the ceiling – indicate the location of the restaurant by the sea and the central importance of seafood, while an explosion of dynamic tiles in the bar reflects the built surroundings of the district. Plastic chairs in the bar area – reminiscent of the chairs that neighbors pull up along the street outside to chat – further dissolve the boundary between indoor and outdoor areas. It’s a joyful, happy space – an example of Masquespacio’s worldview.

In this milkshake we talk to Ana and Christophe about Masquespacio and about founding their latest company: the product-oriented offshoot Mas Creations. In this video you can see some of their new pieces including a green ceramic cookie pot (from which they pull the questions we sent them) and an example from their collaboration with the five year old Spanish brand Hoff. “The nice thing about working together [with Hoff] was that the collection was limited to 500 pieces – the people who bought the sneakers bought something that only they would have, ”says Christophe. “You wouldn’t have to treat it specially because if it gets damaged you can buy it again. It’s a limited edition, but not an expensive edition. “(Editor’s note: This is true, but sad as the inexpensive limited edition shoe is sold out with no firm plans for a new run.)

Also in this milkshake: The materials they work with the most, their favorite collaboration and how “childish rebellion” flows into their work: “We have never stopped being rebellious,” says Christophe. “We have to be unique and we have to be different and that is the way we work.” Check out the hyper-imaginative results of this work philosophy.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.

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