Inca trail: Cristian Zuzunaga’s Peru-inspired furniture collection

Christian Zuzunaga & a lamp
Left, Spanish designer Christian Zuzunaga. Right, floor lamp with 'Bitmap Black' shade; and an 'Inca' mirror.
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Cristian Zuzunaga, best known for his pixelated textiles, is launching a new furniture range based on his recent travels around Peru. The collection features geometric forms and patterns inspired by the Spanish designer’s encounters with Inca architecture and construction: ‘I saw the Saksaywaman wall in Cusco,’ says Zuzunaga. ‘It’s an amazing modular structure and the technology is unknown; that was the trigger, to start a collection that could play on time, quality and durability.’

Called ‘Inca’, the collection includes side tables, lamps and mirrors, as well as modular seating that the designer created to experiment with his current and future fabric designs. The table and mirror were made using a mix of traditional Spanish craft techniques and new technologies, an approach influenced by Zuzunaga’s fascination with the Saksaywaman wall. Meanwhile, the modular seating is presented as a system in simple shapes, covered with a jacquard fabric (developed in collaboration with Kvadrat) that plays on the same Peruvian influences.

As originally featured in the November 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*212)

Small table & lamp

Left, ‘Inca’ side table, made from a single piece of architectural concrete, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Right, detail of pendent lamp with 'Bitmap Black' shade

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Armchair & framed print

Left, armchair upholstered in 'Inca' brown fabric. Right, 'Print Verd' framed fabric

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Abstract mirror

The ‘Inca’ mirror is handmade using an ancient technique. Each pattern comes from zooming into an original Inca print

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For more information, visit Christian Zuzanaga's website

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.