Instilled with a sense of Spanish passion, Contemporary Spanish designers and studios showcase the wide variety of innovative approaches to design practices and materials being applied in contemporary Spanish design.
Luis Eslava has shown an innovative approach to materials through projects such as Face to Face 2006 for Almerich (a prominent lighting company in Valencia). This lighting collection, made from Velcro, demonstrates the designer’s interest in creating new applications for materials that usually remain hidden.
Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola began studying architecture at the Technical University of Madrid. She designed her first furniture pieces in 1991 whilst working for furniture company De Padova (Milan). She has continued her interdisciplinary practice ever since, working as an academic and designer under her own name. Her practice spans product design, architecture and displays. Urquiola always considers the impact her designs will have on the public and the user as evident in her Interior Store fit out of the Camper Store.
Cristian Zuzunaga splits his time between London and Barcelona. From an early age, he has expressed a desire to explore new ways of defining his place within the working world. His work is heavily inspired by science; as a biology student, he was particularly interested in microscopic imagery. Although he chose a career in design over science, his interest in how microscopes magnify and break down objects into their smallest components remains, expressing itself through his designs. Zuzunaga’s practice is extremely versatile, covering print, letterpress, photography, sculpture, textiles and furniture design. When creating new works, he chooses the form of expression that is most appropriate for the project. His distinctive use of colour is used to evoke emotion and to encourage interaction with our surroundings.
Contemporary Spanish Design has explicit ties with some of Spains most famous designers and architects of the 20th century. When looking at the forms and shapes the organic styles of all three above artists are quite depictive of Antonio Gaudi
He was renouned for creating groundbreaking works of art — both technically and artistically.
He wanted to shape the spaces people lived in, not just put up buildings, and he lavished as much attention on interior details as on the overall form of his buildings.