Noticed: MDBA x MDBy

By Dominique Koudsi.

When it comes to impeccable artistry and craftsmanship, there must always be a method to the madness, so to speak. And though standards and preference vary from person to person, from day to day, even from moment to moment, having a yardstick of sorts to guide the artistic process still holds a place of importance. MDBA, Manufactured Design By Architects, understands this perfectly.

JGC House, Urbanizacion la Floresta, Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona. Designed by MDBA

Starting in 2006, MDBA was formed out of a desire to build spaces that created emotion, where all the little details could come together to make someone standing inside them feel something as a result. In order to achieve that, founder Maria Diaz developed a philosophy that would bring the physical and material to life in the way she had imagined. The key: “multi-disciplinary projects.” MDBA “practice[s] both architecture and design with the same priority.”

Diaz leads a stacked team of architects, designers, craftspeople, and professionals of all kinds to work together on developing every phase of a project, from conception to execution. Recognizing that many tend to discount or forget architects as artists, MDBA aims to change all that with their extensive experience in project development for new work, restoration, and interior design.

JGC House, Urbanizacion la Floresta, Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona by MDBA. Photography by Adria Goula

Taking into account every aspect of a project, from location and existing space, to materials and the craft that goes into making them, the innovators behind MDBA truly believe in seamless integration. The exterior and the interior are not only made equally important, they’re made to blend together so well it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. And that’s the point.

“[We] [aim] to get inspiration and learn from the past, [from] furniture, ceramics, textiles, design, glass works, textures.”

The team at MDBA takes a holistic approach to their projects, pulling every facet of production under their enormous umbrella of expertise. And they don’t just do this from a visual or design standpoint. It extends to every aspect of business, every technicality, such as budgets and licensing, too. By taking charge of their work from the ground up (literally), MDBA meets the challenge of bringing character to their spaces in a meticulous and stunning way, gleaning something from every kind of craft and design out there, and they more than succeed.


“We feature artists who use craft and craftspeople who make art.”

MDBA further demonstrates their dedication to craft and design with MDBy, a platform on their site that features work in ceramics, glass, metal, textiles, and wood. Meant to showcase inspiring pieces and artists that share their ideals, MDBy takes an in-depth look at the person behind the craft and the craft behind the person by asking all the right questions with gorgeous images to match. A true testament to the fact that MDBA considers all forms of artistry equal, MDBy is another impressive demonstration of the range of vision and scope that MDBA provides.

MDBy: Matthias Kaiser. Images by Michael Turkiewicz.

MDBy: Jeanette List Amstrup

MDBA expects to present some of the MDBy work at an exhibit in Barcelona soon—a testament to how strongly they feel about their mission. Whether they’re excited to share another creator’s work or discuss a project of their own, each piece is as near to their hearts as the next.



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