Localista a Design Store

We partnered with the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel to transform an unused space into a design store. Our vision for this project was to develop a Puerto Rico Diseña store inside the Vanderbilt Hotel to serve as a cultural interface with travelers, foster local economic development and create a value chain centered on design. Every aspect of the store was curated to showcase Puerto Rican design and creative entrepreneurship. Through the financial support of Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico we were able to engage Armada and Constructo to design the space and build our furniture working with local resources and an awesome team of EAP design students so that almost every aspect of the shop is designed and made locally.             A Big Thank You! Puerto Rico Diseña #localista is possible thanks to the vision and generous support of the Executive Team at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. The design of the space by Constructo and Armada was possible thanks to the financial support of Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico. Thank you for believing in local talent and that it was possible to do this in four weeks! The store was created by a team of people who are passionate about design.  Thank you Marilú Purcell for your guidance and believing it could be done. Melissa Ramos, Andrea Bauza for your support in curating the store. Thank you Javier Olmeda and Vladimir García for taking on this insane project timeline and delivering in such a beautiful way, this would have been impossible to achieve without your vision and dedication to the design community on the island. ...
Vladimir García

Vladimir García

Vladimir is the Head Designer at Armada™, an independent product brand and design agency based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He worked in several architecture studios in Los Angeles and San Juan prior to launching Armada™ in 2007. His client list includes singer-song writer Robi Draco Rosa, Air Master Doors & Windows, local design-brand Design in Puerto Rico, as well as franchises like Bad-Ass Coffee and Sarku Japan.  Among his professional distinctions, Vladimir has been nominated for the United States Artist Grant; Invited to participate at the Biennale of Ibero American Design (BID 2010, 2012, 2014); Awarded the Premio BID 2012 (Spatial Design, Puerto Rico); Awarded 1st place in the ephemeral architecture design-build competition Galeria Espacio Temporal, sponsored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture; Elected for the Tropical Works Urban Furniture Catalog (2014); Selected as winning entry for the product design competition Producibles(DiPR). More recently, Vladimir was selected to represent Puerto Rico at the first contemporary Latin American design exhibition in the U.S., New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. His design projects have been exhibited in renowned art spaces like the National Gallery (San Juan); the Design Central at Matadero-Madrid (Madrid); the Architecture + Urbanism Museum/ A+U (Los Angeles), and the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), and design fairslike WantedDesign during the New York Design Week. His work has been published internationally in online...
Martin Albarrán

Martin Albarrán

Martín Albarrán López is an artist and designer based in Santurce, Puerto Rico and founder of La Productora, a space for both exhibition and creation.  La Productora is not only a space for producing art and design, it is as Martín describes it: “a space for producing culture; a space to revitalize and echo the constant movement in the streets of Santurce, Puerto Rico”. Explore: http://martin-albarran.com/...
Javier Olmeda Raya

Javier Olmeda Raya

Javier Olmeda Raya is an award winning furniture designer and manufacturer with vast knowledge of digital design and fabrication processes through CNC/CAD/CAM technologies. He is the Founder and Design Director of Constructo specializing in advanced 3D modeling, parametric design, 3D animation and audiovisual post processing. His Dendrone table was awarded the A’ Design Award in Furniture and Decorative Items and Homeware Design in Italy, in 2014.  The design of the  table was inspired by the structure of a neuron. Explore: constructodigital.com Contact Design Team: javi@constructodigital.com oscar@constructodigital.com...