Ana Cristina Quiñones is a Material, Product, and Furniture Designer from Puerto Rico with a Masters Degree in Furniture Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design, and a background in Architecture courses. Specializing in sustainabili
ty and material innovation, Ana creates effective and meaningful solutions to environmental issues by designing sophisticated objects that have a story to tell through their materiality.
In 2012, Ana started to create an innovative plantain and coffee waste-based material composite and continued to further develop and refine it through research and design until finally establishing it in 2015 under the name Materia Madura. Since then, she has developed a wide range of products that have been exhibited globally throughout galleries, museums, and acclaimed design fairs. Her work has also been published throughout a variety of international publications. In 2020, she expands Materia Madura into a brand and a business; offering sustainably designed products made with local, innovative waste-based materials to be accessible to all through an online platform.
Materia Madura is a sustainable materials and design company.
Plantain and coffee, cultural staple foods of Puerto Rico, are produced and consumed abundantly, therefore their organic waste is also abundant, contributing to local landfill waste and environmental issues. Analyzing food waste as a cri
tical issue and local resource, a new material was developed from these waste streams to open innovative possibilities for design applications. Taking advantage of our local waste and transforming it through design, we aim to highlight how many everyday products are designed with toxic, unsustainable materials when they can be produced with locally sourced, non-toxic, and sustainable materials.
Offering an alternative to agricultural waste, food waste, and recycling, by buying Materia Madura products, businesses and individuals can obtain everyday products that are sustainable while contributing to the reduction of Puerto Rico's agricultural by-products and promoting its circular economy.
Teaching Industrial Design courses at a BA level including:
-Industrial Design core classes
Summer Design Program Director (Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Architecture courses for kids and teenagers 6-18 years old)
-Managing course content and coordinating program logistics
-Leading and managing teams
-Material and supply so
-Producing progress reports
-Hiring professional talent
-Sourcing employment opportunities for current BA students studying design-related fields
-Interviewing potential team members
-Implementing creative visual merchandising strategies
-Designing visual displays store-wide
-Managing financial transactions
-Increasing store sales
Creation and experimentation of designed objects with biodegradable, sustainable, and/or repurposed materials, as well as working as the second hand of the lead designer concerning exhibition design, packaging, logo, and concept design. Made sure finishing details were handled correctly and on schedu
le with pending timetables. Overseeing and directing specific artists and/or interns throughout the design process.
'Pressed Side Table'
As part of a research and design exhibition at Blythe House, of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the most iconic musical instruments of the 16th century in Puerto Rico; the güiro--a Latin American percussion instrument--was reimagined and designed.
The research was focused on musical
instruments from the 16th century archived at Blythe House. These instruments were often made from a variety of materials, both conventional and unconventional. Being influenced by the unconventional, organic material and sustainable practices were applied by using local plantain waste from Puerto Rico as the material source for design.
Duffs of London Jewellery. Shortlisted for jewellery competition of an upcoming luxury brand.
Industrial design summer course professor for children. Teaching design skills and involving the students in the creation of objects.
Together with another designer, representing the Escuela Internacional de Diseño y Arquitectura, Universidad Ana G. Méndez, a set of trays and containers with locally sourced materials and manufacturers was designed and exhibited at the Art & Design Fair of the National Gallery of Puerto Rico.
As part of the design collective, Two Squared Studio, a tray table made from locally sourced materials in collaboration with local manufacturers from Puerto Rico, was designed and selected to be exhibited at the Wanted Design International Fair in New York City.
Selected to represent the Escuela Internacional de Diseño y Arquitectura, Universidad Ana G. Méndez in the 2013 Salone Satellite international exhibition in Milan, Italy. The project, titled "El Balcón", emerged from a series of patterns that have been present throughout Puerto Rican design and archi
tecture. It aimed to transmit a re-invented version of the local culture and way of life in the form of functional objects.
Skills included model-making, prototyping, concept design, graphic design, 3D modelling, exhibition design, and lighting design.
Designing the interior of a sales room.
Remodelling a poor-conditioned house in a low-income community.