Nanimarquina was founded in Barcelona in 1987, with one clear idea: to design rugs. It's a simple statement, a transparent declaration of intent that Nanimarquina has made a reality by putting into practice values such as observation, innovative endeavor, communication, emotion and knowing how to modernize traditional craftsmanship. Most Nanimarquina designs have been internationally acclaimed and have been presented in museums such as MOMA in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Conscious of the profound differences between developed and developing countries, Nanimarquina has always been directly involved in promoting sustainable development. Nanimarquina helps boost the local economies of their manufacturing communities in India, Morocco, Pakistan and Spain, and participates in their progress by offering decent, salaried work opportunities to the inhabitants of those areas.
Nanimarquina is committed to using natural, renewable and recyclable resources, such as wool, jute, cotton and silk. Traditional production methods and the use of renewable energy help to maintain and improve natural resources for use by future generations.
Born in Taiwan, Michael Lin graduated from the Fine Art Department of The Design Center in Pasadena, California. After returning to Taiwan in 1993, he developed his work as an artist working with the artist collective IT Park. During the following nine years in Taiwan he developed what will go on to define the core of his artistic concerns, a reflection on Asian tradition, ornamentation and architecture, and the practice of art and life.
Since 1999 Michael Lin has been invited to exhibit his work internationally, for example, The Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (1999), The Venice Biennial (2001), and The International 2002, Liverpool Biennial. He was a resident at the Cite International des Arts in Paris from 2002-03 and has since exhibited extensively in Europe, in institutions such as Palais de Tokyo, the inaugural exhibition (2002), Kunstmuseum, Luzern (2003), and Kunsthalle Wien (2005).
Along with his exhibitions he also has been invited to make public commissions worldwide. Michael Lin's public works can be seen at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Kunstlinie Theater/Art Center, Almere, The Netherlands; Rogaland School of Art, Stavanger, Norway; L'ecole des Cigales, Beausoleil, France; and a mural at the Pierre De Geyterstraat, for the City of Gent, Belgium.