Collab Carles Riart
Carles Riart, Barcelona 1944
A designer who defies classification
He is the designer behind our first collection. Considered one of the key figures in Spanish design. However, he describes himself more as a “furniture designer” because of his deep and particular interest in furniture, an area in which he has focused much of his career.
Riart superimposes craftsmanship over the industrial and places value on experimentation using manual techniques to achieve unusual solutions. He pays no heed to passing trends and fashion and has always designed objects thinking about their durability, the people using them and the space in which they will exist.
He trained at the Eina School and later in a carpentry workshop where he developed all his knowledge and interest in furniture. His work is based on constructive knowledge and craftsmanship to design furniture that is brimming with both tradition and modernity.
He is also renowned as an interior designer for film sets, restaurants, offices, stores and private homes, all imprinted with the style and personality that define his work.
Together with Bigas Luna, he founded Gris, the interior design studio/household items store in Barcelona. He also created the Diputación studio-workshop, which would become the forerunner of self-produced design publishers.
Throughout his extensive career, Carles has created award-winning iconic pieces that have been widely exhibited in various shows: the Desnuda chair (1973), the Vallvidrera armchair (1978) and the Mecedora chair (1979). He also ventured into the world of lighting with the lamp, La Colilla (1976), among others. He has won several awards including the Furniture Contemporary Resources Council Award (New York, 1983), European Top-Ten Award (Cologne, 1994), Grand Prix de la Presse Internationale (Paris, 1994) and the National Design Award 2011.
Riart has also won numerous Delta ADI-FAD awards, including the Delta de Or for the ONA coat rack (1992), designed in collaboration with Montse Padrós.