Alex Fernández Camps
Alex Fernández Camps came to design after a multidisciplinary background. Trained as a technical architect, he has also carried out multiple works of artistic practice using media such as painting, photography and installation; simultaneously with the practice of industrial design, where he has now focused the activity of his studio, with the vocation to influence the objects around us; understanding the object as a cultural element, and essentially in a functional way on a human scale, where the form has a function in itself.
Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT Architects
Benedetta Tagliabue is an internationally renowned architect, with works and direct commissions all over the world, founder with Enric Miralles of the international studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT in 1994, now Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT, with offices in Barcelona, Shanghai and Paris. Her most notable works include the Scottish Parliament in Edinburg, the Santa Caterina Market, the headquarters of Gas Natural Fenosa and the Diagonal Mar Park in Barcelona, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, winner of the prestigious RIBA Best International Building 2011 Award. In 2019, she inaugurated the Kálida Sant Pau Centre in Barcelona, part of the international network of Maggie’s Centres, within the grounds of the modernist Hospital Sant Pau. She is the founder and director of the Enric Miralles Foundation, whose aim is to promote experimental architecture in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.
Everyone knows that the Canary islands have the best climate in the world, or at least that's what Christophe's parents thought when they left Germany and Belgium to settle in Spain in the 1960s. He started working with his architect father and decided to study interior design in Barcelona; after finishing his studies, he went to Milan and that was where he discovered industrial design. Over time, he missed the Mediterranean character, and decided to return to Barcelona where he opened his own studio. Proportions, beauty, surprise and seduction are the basis of his designs. His lamps, as objects of light, seek to warmly and gently illuminate spaces. The emotional aspects are always present in the use and functionality, without forgetting that although the main function is to illuminate, the lamp itself is also illuminated, becoming an observed object that occupies a place in the space.
Emiliana Design Studio was founded a the end of the 90’s by Ana Mir and Emili Padrós, who had recently achieved their MA in Design at London Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London. Since the beginning the studio is characterised for promoting a multidisciplinary approach to design practice, this fact has allowed the studio developing a diverse, solid and rich career. The relevance of the concept in the creative process, the research in the historical and socio-cultural context, the experimentation with different materials, the attention for the details, the exploration in new typologies, the active involvement of the user, the search for a poetic gesture and the use of a particular sense of humour, are among the essential aspects that emerge in the projects of Emiliana Design Studio.
Estudi Manel Molina
After a long professional career as one of the co-founders of the Lievore Altherr Molina studio, 2016 will welcome the start of a new professional chapter, the creation of Estudi Manel Molina with the collaboration of Raimon Monsarro, Daniel Castro and Blanca Roigé. The studio will continue developing projects in industrial design and consulting activities.
Barcelona, 1967. He started studying Architecture and in 1988 started working at the Miguel Milà design studio. His experience gained led him to study Industrial Design at the Elisava School. In 1994, he joined forces with Juan Carlos Ines to open the Ines-Milà studio, which was the birthplace of pieces such as the Tutombas Pranha easy chair and the Balensiya rocking chair. He then went on to set up, along with Miguel and Micaela Milà, the Milà Diseño studio. Signature projects of the group included the interior design in the Casa Milà and the Rama lamppost, winner of the ADI-FAD Delta de Plata award. In 1999, he joined Santa & Cole Ediciones de Diseño as head of the urban division, focussing on the development of new products. Since 2001, he has been running his own studio and creating urban furniture, indoor / outdoor lighting and accessories, as well as projects fostering the integration of wildlife into the city. A strict essentialist, his way of designing is humane, approachable and based on the fundamental importance of utility.
At the end of 1996, Joana Bover founded a small lighting workshop in Barcelona. The company is the result of sketches drawn on a napkin and a paper tablecloth in a Fonda (*). Currently, a team of renowned designers and architects, both national and international, has joined Joana to share their knowledge and trend perspective to create new lighting experiences. Designed globally so that they can be part of the natural environment for anyone, anywhere in the world. In 2012, she founded BOVER USA in the heart of New York. Later, she relocated the American branch to the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where it has grown and consolidated its presence in the American market. BOVER USA has a showroom, office, and warehouse at its headquarters, from where they provide service and customer support for the USA & Canada. Despite the company's continuous growth, Joana Bover has maintained the pursuit of her original vision: warm light, handmade products, a mix of color, design, and timelessness. Bover combines Mediterranean culture with the knowledge of artisan crafts and the quest for balance between product quality and value. Currently, Joana Bover is the Art and Product Director of BOVER. (*) Fonda is a roadside restaurant that in the past offered meals and rooms in a homely environment that provided warmth and shelter to walkers and travelers. Today, Fondas still offer a welcoming and timeless appearance.
JORGE PENSI DESIGN STUDIO was set up in 1984 in Barcelona's Gothic quarter, specialising in furniture and lighting design, the visual image of its products and staging for different types of events. Since then the studio has consolidated its position as a global point of reference for contemporary design. Its minimalist and expressive designs have received numerous prizes and awards. The studio's working method is characterised by intensive communication between the team and their clients throughout the design phase, from the initial idea to the final product, in a relaxed and creative environment If there is one thing which defines Jorge Pensi Design Studio's products, it is their timelessness. They constantly seek a balance between poetry and realism, material and space, abstraction and emotion. The aim is to create as many sensations as possible with as few resources as possible, challenging the usual logic in order to establish whether or not it is possible to create something new.
Studied Engineering at Jaume I University of Castellon and graduated from Elisava of Barcelona in Technical Engineering in Industrial Design. Master in Management of Industrial Design at the ICT-Centre CIM-UPC where awarded the ADI-FAD medal for the "Land Sailing" project. The same year he was also awarded third place in the Dupont Imagineering competition for the "Free" project. He combines this activity with his research at Elisava In 2004 he founded the company Diba Product Solutions, dedicated to product design and engineering where new proposals are made while working closely with designers, studios and publishing houses on the frontline of the development of its products (PHB, Royal, Praesentis, Magix, Rocal, Vilagrasa, Marset, Pom d`or, DAE, Cactusdesign, Eddadesign, Altrodesign ...). He combines this activity with teaching in the Master of Design and Product Development program at Elisava.
Sergi & Òscar Devesa