Huguet and Pentagram debut a playful terrazzo collaboration

Graphic designer and creative consultant Astrid Stavro has rallied seven Pentagram partners for a colourful series of tiles and objects made by Mallorcan cement and terrazzo producer Huguet

A cat walks around an eight by eight grid of ornaments laid out on the floor.
Terrazzo objects by Yuri Suzuki, part of a collaboration between Pentagram partners and Huguet Mallorca
(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

London-based graphic designer Astrid Stavro has always worked with an inquisitive approach, looking for the unexpected. So when she visited Mallorca-based cement and terrazzo producer Huguet and discovered its processes, wheels were spinning. She rallied seven former Pentagram colleagues (where Stavro had been a partner until 2021) to create a collection of tiles and objects using the company’s expertise. The pieces were created under the guidance of Biel Huguet, who now runs his family company, founded in 1933, whose ethos is rooted in Mediterranean culture and craft. 

A series of different shape and depth white planters.

Planters composition by Jon Marshall

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

Making its debut during London Design Festival 2022, the project bridges the digital and physical realms, with participating creatives working across different media, from graphic, information, industrial and sound design. Focusing on materiality and craft, the project offers a fresh look at the process of design. 

‘By incorporating technical and aesthetic improvements over the years, Huguet’s work has achieved the perfect balance of craftsmanship, sustainability, quality and innovation, managing to shift and grow with the times,’ says Stavro.

A six by four display of tiles primarily in beige each containing a different shape in yellow, blue or green.

Tiles by Giorgia Lupi, representing a data visualisation of Chopin's 24 Preludes

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

The project includes tiles, objects and furniture by Stavro, as well as New York and London Pentagram partners Jody Hudson-Powell, Sascha Lobe, Giorgia Lupi, Jon Marshall, Luke Powell, Yuri Suzuki and Matt Willey. The group explore Huguet’s material possibilities, experimenting with glow-in-the-dark terrazzo (Hudson-Powell), dried flowers (Stavro), three-dimensional objects (Suzuki and Marshall) and furniture (such as the table and writing desk by Willey). Each designer seamlessly incorporated their creative focus into the piece – a fitting example being Italian data visualisation designer Giorgia Lupi, who created tiles to represent Chopin's 24 Preludes, which he composed while living in Mallorca in 1939. 

‘Putting together contemporaneity with tradition, global with local, and international designers with Mediterranean artisans has always been essential for us, and this collaboration is one of the best ways we could have done it,’ concludes Biel Huguet. ‘We have shared views to blend cultures, to foster diversity and, in the end, to contribute (with a lot of humility), to make the world a little bit richer, a little bit more human, a little bit better.’

Thick black alphabet letters displayed on a large landscape tile.

Alphabet tiles by Sascha Lobe

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

Side by side images of glow-in-the-dark tiles. Left: a dark tile with four-by-four circular indents and green reflective aspects. Right: The same design but in white.

Glow in the dark tiles by Jody Hudson-Powell

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

A large rectangular coffee table with eight tiles on top. Top left to right: Arrow pointing up, Arrow pointing up, Arrow pointing left. Below. Tiles make up ovals, left large right small.

Table with tiled top by Matt Willey

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

A light wood writing desk with a back that contains three rows of circular holes.

Writing Desk by Matt Willey

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

A series of circular, oval, ball and cylinder shaped objects in different colours that have been stored on top of each other.

Composition of objects by Yuri Suzuki

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

Two tiles side by side featuring light marks featuring dried flowers.

Tiles featuring dried flowers by Astrid Stavro

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

Tile making process with dried flowers being sprinkled onto a tile.

Tile making process at Huguet

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)

A series of connected white tiles with a pink/beige pattern on each.

Tiles by Luke Powell

(Image credit: Andrés Fraga)


The collection will be on view as part of Brompton Design District at London Design Festival, from 19 to 25 September 2022


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.

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