HOPI, this new collection of ottomans inspired by Native American Indian culture, is made of a very special textile. It is a technical knit usually used for producing sneakers and is adorned with contrasting embroideries.
Marta is a French designer of Polish origin. She graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Arts in London, before she joined Hella Jongerius' team in Berlin for almost two years.
She finally comes back to Paris in 2013 and launches her own design studio where she imagines objects that celebrate color and material with simple and graphics shapes.
What was the original insipration for Hopi ?
The design of Hopi draws its inspiration from Kachinas –
ritual figurines of Native American Indians.
In Native American culture, Kachina is the spirit of a deity, representing a natural element, an animal or an ancestor.
Kashina dolls originated with the HOPI tribe, first indigenous people to create them. Given to Hopi children during ceremonies, the Kachina dolls were initially made to educated them and help them learn about the spirits.
Beautifully crafted, the dolls were carved in wood and adorned with very graphic, polychromic patterns.
VISION OF ARTS 2022
HOPI has been shown for the first time during the exhibition "Vision of Arts 2022" in Paris, in collaboration with Andreina De Witte and Harold Mollet.
Can you sketch Hopi in your dream house ?
Marta Bakowski also designed Sorcier – a wall lamp inspired by Ngil masks, Happy Rain – a joyful geometric wallpaper collection, and Flag – a rug playing with colorful shapes.
These products combine the designer’s own vibrant colour combinations with metallic shades for a sophisticated touch.