For the New Year greetings by Mobles 114, this year we have counted on Marc Morro. This designer -« mueblista », as he defines himself- pays homage to one of the most iconic pieces of the Classics catalog: Copenhaguen ashtray, by André Ricard.
Marc and his furnishing company, AOO, are passionate for routine and the beauty of hte little things. Little things like this minimalist design, free from adornments chosen for the occasion. In a reinterpretation which adds a surprising new use to the ashtray, signed by Ricard in 1966.
Made in a single block, this ashtray is the result of a geometric design that uses the simple repetition of a cylinder. A recipient made up of an open cylinder with another, smaller cylinder inside to support or extinguish cigarettes; the shape of the groove in the outer wall matches the rest of the ashtray and is perfectly designed to hold a cigarette. This is a hardwearing, stackable ashtray that fulfils its function with the utmost effectiveness.
This design classic is in line with the goal of Mobles 114 which, for more than 20 years, has remained in the market to preserve our country’s heritage in terms of both culture and design.
In this case, Morro has made an analogic photography of Copenhaguen, in its new use as candle holder.
Happy new year 2018!
36 objects produced for years have been chosen due to its values as icons of design. Among others, there can be found prototypes of the Pinça (1964) ice tong, or Copenhaguen (1966) ashtray by André Ricard, and also some proposals for the oil container created by Rafael Marquina, and various editions from different years from 1961 to 1990, with a special value as unique pieces of design.
The donation includes also some prototypes of the support for two or three oil containers. Another special design is Fil lamp (1991), designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, creator of Oporto chairs (1993) too.
Other remarkable objects donated by Mobles 114 are Gracia chair (2006) by JM Massana and JM Tremoleda; Green chair (2011) by Javier Mariscal, wall clock Nautilus (1996) by Oscar Tusquets, and Flod stool (2007) designed by Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné.
Mobles 114 donation has become a highlight of the product design collection for the Museum, thanks to the value in the market or as an iconic product of the objects donated. It has increased also the prototype collection, very valuable for the Museum as a first sample from designer or company and model to be manufactured.
Gastronomy is one of the highlighted attractions in our country. Spain has always been involved into raw materials of high quality, gastronomic creativity and design.
This project curated by Juli Capella, organised by Acción Cultural Española with the collaboration of the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo and Tokyo Designers Week, wants to show more than 200 hundred pieces which transmit the contribution of Spanish gastronomic culture to design, and international cuisine.
The selection consists of pieces from the smallest salt-cellar to a dinner service, furniture and interior design of restaurants, including architecture with examples of Spanish wine cellars. Moreover, the exhibition tries to enhance the enormous innovative ability of the « big names » of Mediterranean cuisine, whose techniques have shaken up international gastronomy.
Among the chosen pieces some icons from mobles 114 catalog can be found: Om chair by Martín Azúa, oil and vinegar containers by Rafael Marquina and Ricard by André Ricard.
Also restaurant Jaleo, by renowned José Andrés in Washington designed by Juli Capella is present as an important project. Spanish furniture has been chosen for the interior, for instance Green chairs by Javier Mariscal.
The travelling show has stopped by cities like Tokyo, Miami, Washington DC, Seoul, Toronto, Ljubljana, Albuquerque and Guanajuato. Now it exhibits in Spain at last, at Central de Diseño Matadero Madrid. But the exhibition will be at the same time at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City.
All the information at the web Acción Cultural Española.
TAPAS. Spanish design for food
Central de Diseño de Matadero Madrid (DIMAD)
Pº de la Chopera, 14
Mariadiamantes is a studio from Barcelona founded by Clara Mercader, who is the author of Barcelona Visual.
The compilation of Barcelona’s icons, reinterpreted in a plastic and colourful way, has 50 images which represent the city: from its most famous buildings and transportations, to gastronomy or daily objects related to Mediterranean way of life.
For instance, Canaletes Fountain in the Ramblas can be found, or the distinctive black and yellow taxi. Also Barcelona chair designed by Mies van der Rohe for the Universal Expo 1929 is included…
… And objects such as Marquina oil and vinegar container or Copenhagen ashtray by André Ricard, both classic design icons from Barcelona edited by mobles 114.
At Mariadiamantes web you can find the illustrations and the book, and also a collection of postcards, to send and/or receive the best of Barcelona. Highly recommended.
‘Barcelona Visual’, una original forma de descubrir los iconos de Barcelona, por Mariadiamantes from Lunwerg Editores on Vimeo.