The light and the natural power of her home, the Canary Islands. Harmony and elegance are transmitted in every gesture. Artful and simple lines, almost sculptural. These are the master pieces of Helena Rohner. Sensuality without importunacy. A timeless spirit that shows itself in an explosion of colours and endless materials. Of course, silver and gold, but also porcelain, stone, textiles and wood. In addition to her jewellery, always subtle and useful, Helena has formed her creativity into ceramics, lamps or carpet by designing collections for Georg Jensen, Kahler, Bodum and Munio or collaborating with Dac Rugs. In 2015, her talent was honoured with the prestigious Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts.
LA CASITA DE WENDY
Inés Aguilar and Iván Martínez are the Madrid fashion designers behind La Casita de Wendy. Besides their collections and their teaching in Fashion Schools, they have taken part in several exhibitons such as “Pasión, diseño español” (Berlin, Wien, Salamanca) or “La Moda Española, tras el espejo” at the Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid and they are now collaborating with Brianda Fitz-James Stuart in different creative projects. Their creations are known for their exquisite colour palette, their simple shapes and the patterns that they design. Passionate and inspired by music, Nature and tales, imagination is their most essential tool. Their collections are sold all over the world.
Multifaceted artist, Nuria Mora has exhibited her works in renowned museums such as Tate Modern and the Miró Foundation. Although her collaborations include brands such as Loewe, Sybilla, El País and Cirque du Soleil, her art mostly beautifies the city street walls with colorful murals on geometry and Nature. She can work on any kind of surface, from walls to glass or paper and using a wide range of techniques such as watercolours, gouache or light projections. As Rafael Schacter says,” Nuria’s work gives a freedom from the everyday noise, a moment of balance within the city, another way of imagining our surroundings”.
Blanca Gómez lives and works in Madrid. After a former career as a graphic designer, Blanca finally turned her passion into a profession and became an illustrator that now collaborates with brands all over the world. She also draws books for children and sells her personal creations at her online shop. Being senisitive but not too sentimental, she draws the inhabitants of the XXI century as we would really like to be: innocents, satisfied and living in a far more human word.
Ailanto is a fashion design company created by twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz located in Barcelona since 1995. Their Universe is renowned for the colour combinations, geometric forms and artistic and cinematographic references. Signature print, embroidery and elegant patchworks are frequently employed to enrich their collections. Among others prizes they have received the Best Spanish Designer Award from Glamour magazine or the Prix Marie Claire for Best National Designer. In addition to their fashion line, they have also brought their creativity towards home accessories design as well as Art and Architecture projects.
Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva. In 1963 he founded a group formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the Taller de Arquitectura: an international multidisciplinary team taking on projects of city planning, architecture and interiors design all over the world. Appart from office building projects such as the headquarters of ‘Cartier’, ‘Christian Dior’ or ‘Decaux’ in Paris, Taller de Arquitectura also stands out for city design as applied in Bordeaux, Montpellier, Luxembourg, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Kobe, Madrid or Qingdao and in the field of great infrastructures such as the Barcelona Airport or the ‘Arsenal Music Center’ in Metz.
Luki Huber (Lucerne 1973) studied at the Lucerne School of Art and Design and the Escola Massana in Barcelona. Since 1994 he has collaborated on a regular basis with firms such as Cerabella, Xocoa, elBulli o Lekué. Between 2002 and 2005 he collaborated exclusively with the creative department at elBulli experimenting with the rigours of gourmet cuisine and the innovations of industrial design. The results of this experience were exhibited in ‘D.Day, le design aujourd’hui’ at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. Since 2004, Luki Huber is professor of product design at the Eina School of Barcelona.
Jordi Labanda was born in Uruguay but lives in Barcelona. After studying Industrial Design, in 1993 he began his career as a commercial illustrator working for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Wallpaper*, Marie Claire, or Vogue. Obsessed with the search of beauty, he has given Illustration a decisive role in fashion and the media by depicting classic contemporary characters that reflect a new concept of modernity. In Jordi Labanda Studio, he orchestrates his artistic projects, corporate clients, as well as his fashion collections, and branded products such as stationary, candles or home accesories.
Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia and has developed his professional career in Barcelona.The Mediterranean culture of both cities is revealed in his work characterised by hedonism, optimism and a vibrant range of colours. His activity has always standed out for a multidisciplinarity without complexes due to his untiring curiosity and his passion to innovate in order to make everyday life more interesting, easier and friendlier. His boldness parallels the great challenges he has taken on, from the mascot for the Barcelona Olympic Games to the overall design of an extremely luxurious hotel or the creation and direction of the film Chico & Rita.
MARTA MÉNDEZ BLAYA
Marta Méndez Blaya (Barcelona 1973) studied at la Salle and Salesianos and at the Escola Massana of Barcelona where she studied Industrial Design. From the design studio she founded together with Luki Huber in 1999, Marta Méndez has collaborated on a regular basis with innovative firms such as Cerabella, Xocoa, Escribà, Juliu (Andreu Buenafuente) and elBulli among others. From 2002 to 2007 she has collaborated exclusively with elBulli working on the graphic design of the whole books collection published by elBulli within this period.
Born in Sabadell, he opened his first shop GROC in 1968. In 1976 he created Antonio Miró brand for men and women, pioneering the fashion Spanish scene and wining high notoriety on international catwalks such as Paris, Milan, Tokyo or New York. In 1992 he designed the Barcelona Olympic Games official customs and was awarded with a LAUS Award. In 1997 he designed the new front curtain for the Gran Teatre del Liceu reconstruction. Three years later, he was awarded with a FAD award to his life- work, not only for his fashion creations, but also for his accessories, complements and furniture top designs.
MICHELE OKA DONER
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally acclaimed artist whose prolific career spans four decades. Oka Doner’s work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Her artwork has been acquired by major museums and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago or Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre. She is also renowned for her numerous public art installations, including “A walk on the Beach” at the Miami International Airport. Michele Oka Doner is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York.
Industrial designer, writer and teacher. He has been President of ADI-FAD (1972-1974), Vice-President of ICSID (1963-1979), Vice-President of BCD Barcelona Centro de Diseño (1990-1996) and Director of Product Design Department at EINA Design School in Barcelona (1993-1999). Appart from writing several books, he has received the following awards: eleven ADI FAD awards; four Eurostars; Worldstar Award from the World Packaging Organisation (Japan, 1986); Premio Nacional de Diseño (1987) as well as the Ordre Olympique from the International Olympic Commitee (1993) among others. His work has been recently featured in the exhibition ‘Premios Delta: 50 years of Design 1960-2012’ at the Palau Robert (Barcelona, 2011).
Born in Michigan, she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as an Interior Designer in Dallas and New York until she came to Spain in 1972. She developed several projects before opening her first furniture shop in Girona (1984) followed by the one in Barcelona (1986). She has created chairs and sofas such as ‘Gilda’, selected by SIDI, ‘Nancy’, awarded with the Premio Anual de Diseño Español or the Teatre de Girona’s stall (INDUSTRIAS FIGUERAS 1992). Besides Interiors and Design projects, she has created together with other designers, NR design Collection: a collection of objects that span from jewellery to lighting or home accessories.
MARTÍN RUIZ DE AZÚA
Born in the Basque Country, he lives in Barcelona where he works as a designer. He combines his collaboration with various firms with investigation and his teaching at the Elisava Design School. His experimental and investigative projects have been featured in several international exhibitions and his works are at the New York MOMA, the Vitra Design Museum or the Museu de les Arts Decoratives in Barcelona. He has received, among others, The City of Barcelona Award 2000, Delta de Plata Award 2007, FAD Award for Ephemeral Architecture 2008, Design Plus Award 2009, Interior Design Plus Award 2009, AD Designer of the Year Award 2010.
She studied Fine Arts at Eina School in Barcelona and she also trained as a graphic and fashion designer. She started developing fashion and accessories collections and later on worked as an stylist for advertising , shop windows and interiors design. In 1994 she created her own design studio. From her collaboration with Cerabella stands out the coordination of the Art Collection (1996) and the ‘Elogio’ collection, acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA ) of New York.
Born in New York, she started in Madrid her career as a fashion designer in 1983 . The success of her clothes collections and her fresh brand ‘Jocomomola’ took place simultaneously to the creation of accessories such as shoes, hats, jewels or candles of international success. In a wider sense of what ‘good’ design is, she recently founded Fabrics for Freedom, a solid project to support textile products coming from social or agricultural projects whose raw materials and production processes are respectful and profitable not only for the environment but also for people who make them or finally acquire them.
Born in Tokio in 1974, his interest on Giorgio Guiguiaro and the American culture brought him to the Rhode Island School in Chicago where he studied and developed his own style. Fascinated with organic and futuristic shapes Tsunoda creates elegant lines while experimenting with all kind of materials. His designs have been featured in exhibitions like ‘Designers Block’ in London and two times in El Salone di Milan. Now he is teaching at Elisava School of Design in Barcelona and, from his studio HTDS, he has so far collaborated with companies like Montagatina, Cerabella, Manterol, Coordonné, Formica and Lladró.
OSCAR TUSQUETS BLANCA
Architect, designer, painter and writer, Oscar Tusquets is the kind of all-round artist that nowadays specialization has brought to the verge of extinction. Among other awards he has received several FAD de Arquitectura and Delta del Diseño awards, the Premio Nacional de Diseño, Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes de España and Chévalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Among other projects, the most notable works of the last years are the refurbishments and extensions of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona; the Pavilion Tusquets in the Parc de la Villette, París; Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Princess and Miramar hotels in Barcelona and the refurbishment of the XVII to XX century galleries in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre in Paris.
Born in Barcelona, she studied Stylism at l’École Berçot, Industrial Design at ESDI and Art History at L’École du Louvre, Paris. From 1988 to 1989 she worked at the Furniture Design Department in Richard Meier’s Office, New York. In 1990, she started her collaboration with Ricardo Bofill at the Taller de Arquitectura’s Furniture and Interior Design Department . Some of their work’s highlights are the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and the ‘W Hotel ‘in Barcelona, Casa Oz and Shiseido headquarters in Tokyo, Hotel Shangri-la Upper East in Beijing or the Barcelona Airport among others.