According to the four designers behind Barcelona-based MAIO Studio, a completed project isn’t necessarily done: “There’s always something unfinished that demands someone else take over,” says Anna Puigjaner, one of the founders. “It’s about designing up until a certain moment to engage the user.”
Puigjaner and her colleagues Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, and Guillermo López established the firm in 2005 and have since relocated to a linear, one-story building in Barcelona’s Gracia district. (MAIO renovated the building—formerly a laundry and later a metalworking shop—to create a multidisciplinary coworking space.) From a 40-foot-long worktable, the team designs buildings, public spaces, exhibitions, interiors, and furniture.