Think. Create. Design
Our goal is to create inspiring objects, to make more beautiful life.
Muka Design Lab is an award winning industrial design studio from the Basque Country in Northern Spain that specializes in Slow design to create furniture, consumer goods and home appliances with character.
We believe in “slow design” and work with talented local artisans and craftsmen to design everyday objects people love. From sustainable furniture to industrial design concepts, every great design begins with a story that gives life to each piece.
Our work has proudly been featured in Architectural Design, Fast Company, Archi Expo, de zeen, El Pais and awarded at international design expos from Milan to Los Angeles.
We take everyday products and give them personality from concept to reality.
In 2019 we created a furniture publisher called Abana Bilbao, where we exclusively design, manufacture and sell products with an Atlantic and Nordic identity online, made with local artisans and materials.
Slow Design distinguishes products from other mass-produced products by highlighting the use of local materials.
In addition, it strengthens the local economy as it works with local artisans and workshops, thus reverting to the local economy. It is a different proposal from today’s consumer society. Providing identity and a differentiated, personal, more thoughtful, durable and sustainable style. It is not about discarding new manufacturing techniques, but about rescuing forgotten techniques, disused materials, etc. It is a look back to walk forward. In the current world market, the difference is locally, it is a path that shares culture, through manufacturing methods, materials and forms.
The heart and soul
Laxmi Nazabal graduated in Fine Arts and brings creativity, color and aesthetic to their projects. She met Lucas studying a grant for the DZ-Design Center in Product Design at the Coventry University School of Arts and Engineering where they both graduated with honors in 2006. After graduating, Laxmi worked in ONN Arquitectura Interior focused on interior design and furniture design. After gaining experience, in 2011 they founded Muka Design Lab to pursue the exploration of their own unique concepts.
Lucas Abajo has a degree in Engineering in Industrial Design bringing structure, form and shape to create balanced designs that reflect harmony with their surroundings. Lucas met Laxmi studying on a grant for the DZ-Design Center in Product Design at the Coventry University School of Arts and Engineering where they both graduated with honors in 2006. After graduating, Lucas worked in Weiss Design, ADN Design and LNKIDO as freelance focused on product design, stands design and interior design. After gaining experience working in those product design studios, in 2011 they founded Muka Design Lab to pursue the exploration of their own unique concepts.
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Design and prototyping of your first chair
Learn slow design techniques to build a wooden chair for artisanal production
In this course, Muka Design Lab teach you how to design your first ergonomic wooden chair, from start to finish: from the first ideas to the creation of your first prototype in human scale. Learn slow design techniques to apply to your fully functional and sustainable design.