Málaga, Spain – Last summer was a productive one for designer Jorge Penadés: he moved his office to the Spanish island of Mallorca, set up a temporary fabrication shop in a warehouse in Binissalem and, with his team, completed the studio's first interior design-build. Using four basic elements – perforated metal profiles, corner plates, nuts and bolts – Oficina Penadés created a bespoke retail environment for footwear brand Camper.
The rise of the design-build – delivered by full-service studios that provide concept and construction under the same contract – is helping to unify drawing and realization. For some, this 'master builder' approach is a means to combine multiple interests: the ideation of design and the physical satisfaction of handcraft. For others, the project strategy provides a means to control construction quality, rather than outsourcing to a contractor.