Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet has been chosen Maison & Objet Paris Designer of the Year, so the French event celebrates an exhibition on which the best creations of him are shown.
There you can find TUBE chair by Mobles 114, with its tubular structure mixes the vocabulary of modernity’s 20th century design.
Continuing to produce the most direct and cutting-edge revelation of form as possible. From object to space, Eugeni Quitllet is a design maestro with a unique vision for rethinking our surroundings with ever-evolving innovation.
He follows an instinctive process, “I do not know why or how.” It’s that emotion that keeps him alive and encourages him to share his achievements with everyone. To let this emotion free, he has landed in the industrial design’s world. Each object is a challenge to accomplish what others have called impossible, otherwise, a word that Quitllet never seems to use. He has been described as refreshing designer, tireless seeker and a lover of technology; although he describes himself as a “disoñador” (“dreamsigner”, designer and dreamer).
After years in Paris in your own studio designing for the best international brands, what has attracted you to come back to Barcelona?
Barcelona is an ideal place to experience and implement concepts and new solutions. It is a city with unique characteristics in the world to live, think and dream.
How was the meeting and the creative and production process with Mobles114?
A crush! We connected right away. We share design values and we have the same concept of an imaginative industry that has always existed in Barcelona.
Is it right to say that you have been specializing in one type of monoblock design? Researching the possibilities of the same material, shapes and textures, giving it a new life?
I have no boundaries or preferences in design. Each object needs a complete specialization to realize the dimension required.
It seems that there is an intention to surprise the user, but also the industry…
Yes, it’s like a magic trick when at the end we all say, “oooh!”. What sense would have to invent an object if it’s not new!
Tube chair is your first design for Mobles 114. What can you tell us about this collection of chairs and tables?
It’s an industrial response to a magic trick. The beauty and comfort are the basic elements we can expect from a good design, but if you don’t achieve a new challenge or if you don’t thrill ding it, then it’s not enough. Something very simple but not obvious that gives full sense to the construction of this chair is actually something invisible. It is very industrial until you look at Tube with “curious sensitivity” and discover something hidden that I invite you to discover!
Tube’s forms are soft, but without hidden their industrial origin, with lines that encourage us talk about movement, life, humanization of the object, even humor… It’s a chair that doesn’t want to be pretentious and hides its virtues as a part of the intention of the project, simple on the outside, clever on the inside: an animated object!
You say design has to reach another dimension because we’ve covered all the bases. What’s this dimension? And what role does the designer have in this new paradigm?
It’s emotional! something not everyone sees but feels. Besides the function, design must serve to inspire and always questioning ourselves in a positive sense. The designer plays a friend’s role; he should give life and soul to the matter.
What’ your favourite space in your studio or in your home? And with which object you cannot imagine an ordinary day?
My window to see the world, my desk from where I daydream and a chair to think about all…