August 31, 2015
Another lovely Monday here at Renegade Craft! Today we’re stoked about featuring a Brooklyn bespoke design company, Spacio Terreno! Husband and wife duo, Patricio Andrade, and Isabel Becerra, will be bringing their goods to our Brooklyn Fair in just a couple weeks at the Brooklyn Expo Center! We can’t wait!
Spacio Terreno is a design workshop founded in 2010. They strive to create a balance between intuition and rationalism to bring to life emotional and functional objects. Their current range of products include a concrete housewares line and bespoke handmade jewelry, all made in their Brooklyn Studio. This year Spacio Terreno has been debuting various products they have been developing for the past several months in their native countries in South America.
Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?
We wanted a name that defines where we are in this universe and the space we currently occupy. We are based in Brooklyn NY and are inspired by our roots in South America.
When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
Pat and Isa both attended Pratt Institute, Pat majored in Architecture and Isa majored in Interior Design. So designing furniture and housewares was natural and was something we both loved. We started working in this field immediately after getting married in Cuenca, Ecuador and visiting Machu Pichuu on our Honeymoon in 2012.
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
We know how to learn quickly and we know how to work hard, that’s about the only experience we had in business.
What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
Our beautiful daughter Salome made us realize that life is to short to build other peoples dreams. We decided to start working our own.
Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
Since 2012 we have been working on Spacio Terreno on our spare time, so we’ve had many late nights. We decided to work on on Spacio Terreno full time after our daughter Salome was born.
Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
The safety of a consistent pay check from an office job, no regrets everything always works out.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Our RumiGami line that was picked up by Steven Alan in 2014 was featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine for Best of Home for their 2014 Holiday Issue.
What are some inspirations for your work?
South American artisanal techniques. Hand Loomed Alpaca textiles, barro negro, toquilla weaving, and furniture among others.
How does the city you live in influence your work?
Patricio was born and raised in Brooklyn and every aspect of the city influence his work especially the cities work ethic. Isa moved here to attend Pratt Institute and she’s been here since, she in love with the creative vibes the city has.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
We like to design and make things we want use in our own home, the price point matters a lot.
Thank you Spacio Terreno for sharing your insight! We can’t wait to see these beautiful objects at our Brooklyn Fair September 12+13! In the meantime, find Spacio Terreno online here: