San Juan, Puerto Rico — October 2022.
The 8th edition of the Iberoamerican Design Biennial (BID22) has selected Fernando Rodríguez Studio to represent Puerto Rico in Spain for his collaboration with Airbnb for Daddy Yankee.
The project will be part of one of the most important contemporary design events in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. As in 2020, this year, the event will be held in a hybrid format, both in-person and online. The biennial’s opening week will be November 21 through 25, 2022, and will remain open until February 2023, at Central de Diseño in Matadero, Madrid, and other city landmarks. To qualify for the award, candidates from around the world submitted over 700 Interior Design projects to the Bid22 Council.
— Fernando Rodríguez, Founder and Creative Director
During the biennial organized by Fundación Diseño Madrid, the best proposals will receive international recognition of the BID awards. This biennial gathers a diverse audience, such as designers, students, universities, organizations, and other professionals from 22 countries, to promote the exchange of design concepts and perspectives.
With locations in New York and Puerto Rico, Fernando was the perfect fit for this project. With the support of Airbnb, they transformed Daddy Yankee’s beach house in Luquillo, Puerto Rico into a coveted vacation home. The goal was to manifest a space where the world-renowned reggaeton artist could share his love of music and Puerto Rican culture with Airbnb’s guests. By taking inspiration from Daddy Yankee’s musical career and art, Fernando created a space for guests to enjoy the island and reconnect with nature. Throughout the property, references to Puerto Rican culture and celebrities such as baseball’s Roberto Clemente and the Puerto Rican string instrument “cuatro” were some of the iconic elements used to bring this concept to life.
Fernando Rodríguez and his team have completed multiple projects around the world. His work has also received international recognition in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Architectural Digest Spain, Vogue Spain, The World of Interiors, House Beautiful, and Condé Nast Traveler.