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Fango Studio works with Columbian artisans to create wooden pieces made using yaré, a native renewable fiber.
May 02, 2024

Two realizations prompted Martin Clause and Kristian Snorre Andersen to found Adorno, an online gallery specializing in contemporary and collectible design. Clausen, a graduate of Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Arts, saw more and more designers were becoming unable to continue their independent practices. Andersen, who had been traveling to remote design communities, was discovering craft traditions that he knew would be lost if its practitioners’ didn’t have a platform. Thus, the pair established Adorno in 2016 to provide visibility to these artisans and studios.

The site offers a vibrant mix of furnishings and decorative pieces from more than 50 countries. All items are ethically produced in the communities from which their creators hail. The designers also receive support from the Adorno team, ranging from sales advice to editorial promotion on the site.

We asked Adorno’s founders to choose a few of their favorite emerging designers—including a few that will be showing at this year’s Look Book and Launch Pad sections of ICFF. Their answers follow.

Design student Samuel Aguirre, who designs under the name Sam Indaman

Design student Samuel Aguirre, who designs under the name Sam Indaman

Pulp lamp by Samindaman

Pulp lamp by Samindaman

“Samuel Aguirre, who designs under the name Samindaman, is a great example of the visionary talent that Adorno aims to support. His scientific approach to circularity and sustainable materials is what the industry needs to make a difference.”

Francisco Jaramillo of Fango Studio

Francisco Jaramillo of Fango Studio

“Francisco from Fango Studio works with local natural materials to create pieces that are genuinely Colombian. In collaborating with local artisans and imparting his knowledge of process and material through teaching, he has helped shape a design culture that does not derive its methods solely from Western or international influences.”

Lauren Goodman's Fresh Catch cabinet, made from salvaged lobster traps

Lauren Goodman's Fresh Catch cabinet, made from salvaged lobster traps

Lauren Goodman's Eindhoven Project

Lauren Goodman's Eindhoven Project

“We are proud to work with Lauren Goodman, an emerging designer who is already gaining international recognition for her sculptural work with waste-stream materials. Her hyper-local focus tells personal stories of her own upbringing and the current state of Montreal, Canada, where she lives and works.”

Rainbow Bench by Platalea Studio

Rainbow Bench by Platalea Studio

“Platalea is one of our many Mexican studios that interpret the country’s rich cultural heritage in new ways. Its Happiness collection draws upon the playground memories of its two founders, Lilia Corona and Rodrigo Lobato. Those early years are transformative: an often-forgotten time which is the foundation for creative expression throughout our lives.”

Turkish designer Busra Tunc

Turkish artist Busra Tunc

“Istanbul-based artist Busra Tunc questions why things are the way they are, which is more important than ever in today’s geopolitical landscape. Similar to an archaeologist, she digs up evidence at abandoned factories and cultural sites, using it to create her works.”

Äther, a series of site-specific works by Tunc featuring fluorescent lights, glass tubes, and specimen bell jars

Äther, a series of site-specific works by Tunc featuring fluorescent lights, glass tubes, and specimen bell jars