RB: How did you develop the design for Almendra?
PU: The module can be composed in various ways, sometimes it connects like the almonds attached to the branch, or they can compose various elements, vertical or horizontal.Another possibility is that it divides into two or three other branches, creating a very light composition within the space. The elements of this module are all conceived to create light: those two fins are like a diffuser, a metaphor for the almond.
RB: Almendra's palette includes pastel shades including off-white, nude, ochre, anthracite, as well as metallic petrol green and lilac. How did you choose these colors?
PU: The colors come from nature. I looked at almond trees in Ibiza. Starting from green, we chose the colors of an almendro, from the whites of its flowers to the ocher of branches and shells. And the nude, colors that refer to a branch. Above all, what I like is that an almond is an object with its own temporality. Almendra is the seed and the light, and it lives inside the shell which is like a small house, a space that contains the seed, that protects it. I wanted to explore the energy of almonds. The lamp is still a mechanical object, but in the near future I imagine a light fixture that opens and closes, which has its own mobility.