July 21, 2014
Originally published in Small Space Big Design
These up-and-coming designers draw inspiration from their Caribbean heritage to create bold, colorful, and thoughtful objects for the contemporary home. Visit Design in Puerto Rico for more information about the designers and their products.
Mariani coffee table in blue with perforated top.

Carlos Bobonis Colorado

Formerly the Fabrication Director at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture, New York-based designer Carlos Bobonis Colorado's work merges cutting-edge digital fabrication processes with the spirit of his home country. Named after an iconic barrio in Ponce, Puerto Rico and taking inspiration from the Ponce Museum of Art’s architectural details, his Mariani table family evokes the color and character of life in the tropics.

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Banda yellow steel rocking chair against a blue wall.

Doel Fresse

Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, designer Doel Fresse was trained as an architect and works in the space between art, design, and architecture. His Banda rocking chair is based on the Caribbean’s ubiquitous steel rod furniture, and its slatted back and seat reference the region’s distinctive jalousie windows.

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Meteoro aluminum planters outside on wooden deck.

Vladimir Garcia

Vladimir Garcia, chair of the Industrial Design Department of the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico, leads the San Juan-based design agency Armada. Made from recycled aluminum, Garcia’s Meteoro planting vessels pay homage to the steel patio ornaments characteristic of the midcentury Puerto Rican home.

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Serie green planters and screens in courtyard.

Alberto Green

Alberto Green, who founded a design consulting practice in 2006, merges design and technology to digitally manufacture contemporary objects. The Serie Green series of planters and perforated screens transform regular spaces into tranquil gardens.

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La Mantilla wooden tessellated floor treatment.

Marxz Rosado Ríos

The work of artist and industrial designer Marxz Rosado Ríos combines natural and composite materials and traditional and experimental techniques. The tessellated modules of his La Mantilla floor tiles, made from a durable Caribbean wood and backed with a Velcro-like material, make for an easily customizable surface treatment.

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Mariani coffee table in blue with perforated top.

Carlos Bobonis Colorado

Formerly the Fabrication Director at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture, New York-based designer Carlos Bobonis Colorado's work merges cutting-edge digital fabrication processes with the spirit of his home country. Named after an iconic barrio in Ponce, Puerto Rico and taking inspiration from the Ponce Museum of Art’s architectural details, his Mariani table family evokes the color and character of life in the tropics.

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