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“Architects have a seemingly unlimited faith in the power of the grid, a mastering system that has become dominant in a significant portion of the modern American cityscape. The set of drawings used in the design of this collection of rugs explores the potential of the contemporary grid and vibrant colors. “


Elena Manferdini, principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is the Graduate Programs Chair. In 2014 she held the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of California Berkeley (UCB). She has also held Visiting Professor positions at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania and Seika University.  She frequently lectures, and her work has been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums.

This limited edition collection of hand made area rugs is an adaptation of Manferdini’s drawings and images from her body of work entitled “Building Portraits”.


Manferdini’s drawings blur lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduce new contemporary landscapes. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has now added a series of her Building Portraits rugs, silk scarves, models and drawings to their permanent collection.


Limited Edition of 10 


1.0m x 1.0m

Limited Edition of 5 

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