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Marina Bautier, Biennale Interieur Designer of the Year 2014

Congratulations to Marina Bautier, named Biennale Interieur Designer of the Year 2014. Shown here, pieces from Bautier’s own label, MA.

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Details: The Brussels-based designer was selected for her furniture and for her entrepreneurship. Her work will be on display at the Designer of the Year presentation at Kortrijk Xpo during INTERIEUR 2014 in Brussels.

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Designer: Born in Brussels, Marina grew up with a fondness for wood and making. She left Belgium for England at the age of 18 to train at Bucks New University in High Wycombe where she obtained a First Class Honours BA degree in furniture design. In 2002, she returned to her home city and quickly decided to set up her own practice.

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“Marina Bautier is Designer of the Year 2014. The jury, with representatives from the Biennale Interieur and Weekend Knack Le Vif – the initiators of the prize – and suporting partners Grand-Hornu Images, Bozar, Design September and Design Museum Gent, honoured Bautier for her discrete, elegant furniture and for her entrepreneurship. The work of Marina Bautier will be on display at the Designer of the Year presentation at Kortrijk Xpo during INTERIEUR 2014.

Biography Born in Brussels, Marina grew up with a fondness for wood and making. She left Belgium for England at the age of 18 to train at Bucks New University in High Wycombe where she obtained a First Class Honours BA degree in furniture design. In 2002, she returned to her home city and quickly decided to set up her own practice.

Working with international brands Ligne Roset was the first company to spot Marina’s designs during the Salone Satellite in Milan in 2006 where she was presenting a first series of furniture. There, they picked up on the mirrors ‘Frames’ and propelled her then starting career at an international level.

Valuing long term commitments and a common vision for simplicity and quality, she has since designed products for international companies such as Swedish manufacturer Swedese, British brand Case, German family firm Stattmann Neue Moebel, and Japanese company Idée, who has just commissioned her with a third furniture collection.

It’s back in 2009 that Swedese approached her to produce the lounge folding chair ‘Cruiser’. The company’s values and its founder’s vision, Yngve Ekström, was going to be an inspiring experience in Marina’s career path and the starting point of her reflections in creating her own brand.

MA – Marina Bautier’s furniture label Over the years the ambition to set up her furniture label had indeed grown stronger. Seeing the product from conception to its retail context and putting together an entire collection were key incentives to concretize the project. After ten years of working in the furniture industry, it felt like the right time for the launch of her own label along with its own retail space – its name: MA.

If MA is short for ‘Marina’, it coincidentally means ‘the space in between’ in Japanese – a translation fitting well with the brand’s ethos. True to the designer’s approach, the collection brings quality, practicality and simplicity within everyone’s home. Primarily using solid oak and veneered panels, the furniture is produced in Belgium and Germany by qualified craftsmen. All efforts are made to retain production as close as possible, not only to maintain high quality standards but to support existing ‘savoir faire’. The products are exclusively sold at the MA store and via the brand’s website.”

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