The collaboration between Autoban and De La Espada launched at New York’s ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in 2007. Autoban is an Istanbul-based architecture, interior design and product design studio, founded by Seyhan Özdemir (architect) and Sefer Çaglar (interior architect) in the historic district of Galata in 2003. The products, largely made from natural materials, cross boundaries of time and culture and playfully reinterpret the familiar.
The collaboration between De La Espada and Italian designer, Luca Nichetto launched at Stockholm Design Week in February 2014. The products evenly balance beautifully crafted solid wood with other premium materials, and are designed in the spirit of the great architects of the 1950s.
In 2008, De La Espada launched a collaboration with one of Britain’s most highly respected designers, Matthew Hilton. Hilton’s designs are understated, sculptural and meticulously detailed, with many already considered design classics.
During New York Design Week in 2013, Shanghai-based, inter-disciplinary award-winning architectural design practice Neri&Hu launched collaboration with De La Espada. Founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the product line, neri&hu represents a different aesthetic that is rooted in cultural provocation. With an intention to question the potential in “Chinese design”, neri&hu seeks alternatives to the normative.
In 2009, De La Espada launched a collaboration with renowned London-based design office, Studioilse. Ilse Crawford, principal of Studioilse is a creative director and designer who crosses the worlds of brand creation, interior architecture and products. She is a figurehead for design as a means for change and revitalisation; with a human approach that is emotional and intelligent.
De La Espada
De La Espada was founded by Luis De Oliveira and Fatima De La Espada in 1993. Hailing from Porto and Madrid respectively and educated in London, the founders opened the first De La Espada store in London in 1996, when there was comparatively little quality contemporary furniture in the city. De La Espada's expertise in solid wood is renowned and rooted in many years of production at their own facility in Northern Portugal. Diverse product ranges share an uncompromising approach to luxury defined through noble materials, meticulous detailing, and enduring relevance.