The undulating form of the stand is reminiscent of the mountains (Monte Louro) and topography, familiar to the designer, near the north-west Spanish coastline. An unusual inspiration for the design of a practical object. The geography and landscape has informed the creation of the softly formed device stand for use in the home.

As a designer, Fernández is concerned about ‘ethical consumerism'. Oitenta’s objects tell a story of a making process, artisanal manufacture and reference the local environment. This is a fusion of modern design and traditional craftsmanship. “It’s about owning less, and owning products with special meaning,” he says.

Fernández founded his one-man design studio in A Coruña, a port-city in north-west Spain. In contrast to the manufacturing processes product designers are trained to work with, he is creating handcrafted objects that relate to what he calls, “human values and a particular worldview”.

“Montelouro is a handcrafted design and is a product of collaboration with a ceramic artisan. It makes using mobile devices easier,” explains Fernández.

“Our devices are part of our lives. They help us to communicate, to entertain ourselves, to learn and to work. What lies within them relates to us, to the world we create for ourselves. But what about the product exterior? Everything is aseptic and cold. All is pure symmetrical design and perfection. But that is not us, is it?” he says.

“Montelouro is a stand designed for mobile devices that adapts to all device models and helps you and your family do everything they love. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning, until you fall asleep to your favourite music. And throughout the day while watching a film, looking for recipes, reading a book, video calling or just when you need to leave your devices somewhere safe as you disconnect for a while,” Fernández says.  

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