Masquespacio’s Arco collection for Houtique

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Masquespacio is a multi-talented creative consultancy that excels in interior design, but also offers communication design and art direction to their clients. The agency was founded by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse in 2010. Hernández leads creative direction, while Penasse is expert in all things marketing. Their visual approach is distinctly bold. Though it is evident from their portfolio that Masquespacio caters to the specific needs of each client, there is a thread of pulsating colour that runs through most of their projects. The spaces they create feel inviting, cosy, vibrant, and alive. There is also an element of the unexpected — clashing colours or textures, or curious shapes, for example, that set them apart from studios who merely follow current trends. A creative process that begins with careful research into the client’s individual requirements will always stop the creative work form falling into cliches.

Masquespacio have dabbled in furniture design, as well as visualising entire interiors. Their latest object-based project is a microcosm of the energy and fun that permeates their work. Arco is a small collection produced for Houtique, a brand that designs its own products, but also commissions like-minded designers from time to time. Inspired by the 70s, Arco consists of a couch and a set of two stools and a small table. The design is driven by a succession of arcs drawn in bright yellow steel tubing. A bespoke velvet produced by Houtique covers the foam seats. An almost faded-looking powder pink, it provides a contrast to the harsh yellow, and adds a definitive vintage feel to the pieces. I could see the Arco collection making a splash in a boutique hotel, or a small cafe/bar. The furniture could easily become the central feature of any interior it is placed in, allowing its surroundings to form a simple backdrop. Feast your eyes on more vibrance from Masquespacio here.

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