Good design should make you happy. Casa Estudio’s Merida Rug for Made.com The eleventh principle of good design? Perhaps not, but certainly an important consideration with design for most of us… does it make me smile, does it make me happy? Casa Estudio, combining exhibition designer Andres Ros Soto and artist Giles Round, may not be the most serious duo but they are a skilled and experienced team who understand that focusing on bold use of colour, pattern and geometry ticks a lot of boxes for discerning consumers. Influenced by a flight to Mexico City, the Merida Rug collection was already shaping up before the colours were heavily influenced by the South American city. Designed with modernism and architecture at the heart of the shapes and the interaction of the colours, the Merida Rug has a reasonably ‘pop’ sensibility but Casa Estudio also like simplicity and function with their designs. I was pleased to be sent this 100% New Zealand wool rug from Made.com to lift my living room out of the light wood and ‘greige’ that it has been stuck with since moving in to this apartment. Not one for lots of colour, this contained geometric shape is ideal for bringing colour and order to my home. “I always like the clash of blue and black too. The colours were partly intuitive, whatever worked together for both of us. The ‘Blue’ rug came first and the next two designs are part of the same pattern… but the ‘Blue’ one is the most free. We tried to think about how these could work in different domestic situations too, although one of them is partly designed for my dad” says Casa Estudio. Designer: Casa Estudio Manufacturer: Made.com Year: 2013 Price: £249 Daniel Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.