Collection by Diana Budds

Tania da Cruz

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Milan-based Tania da Cruz cut her teeth in Marcel Wanders’s Amsterdam studio. “It was like living in a temporary fairy tale,” she says. Dutch whimsy factored into her early work—such as her Chia Pet-like Wig vase—but Cruz found acclaim with her modular Braque sound absorber made from cork. The practical and aesthetically adventurous piece earned a coveted first prize at the SaloneSatellite awards in 2013. Working with cork—like for the two-piece Bole stools—holds a special significance for Cruz, whose native Portugal produces about half the world’s supply. “I love that, as a designer, I am indirectly helping the economy to show the world its amazing potential,” she says.

da Cruz's Popcork pendant light is made of expanded cork.
A prototype of da Cruz's Wig ceramic vase was exhibited at Salone Satellite 2011.
The Bole stacking stool has two parts: a smaller stool cradles in the hollow interior space of the second, larger stool.
Bole stacking stools.
da Cruz's Braque modular system of acoustic tile.
Tania da Cruz earned a coveted first prize at the SaloneSatellite awards in 2013.
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