from SPAIN

10 editions, 17 years of growing success

The National Design Awards have become an accurate reading of the heartbeat
of Spanish design, a serious commitment for the winning professionals and firms
and an important goal for aspirants.

In 1983, King Juan Carlos I of Spain presented the two great designers André Ricard
and Miguel Milà, and a Catalan chairmaking firm, Casas, with the first-ever National
Design Awards. Created as an acknowledgement of the importance of the design
sector in Spanish society, and of the professional careers of its leading figures,
their efforts and contributions to the sector, the awards have become
the highest accolade in Spanish design.
On its tenth edition, the winners were the Basque firm Akaba, in recognition of their
innovative policy in the design of top-of-the-range furniture, and graphic designer Mario
Eskenazi, for his "Solid conceptual contribution". On this ocassion and for the first time, in
addition to the prizes, the organisers of the National Design Awards 2000, which are
awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the BCD Foundation (Barcelona
Centre for Design), also considered it appropriate to award a number of honourable
mentions to people or institutions for outstanding contributions to the
promotion of design in Spain.
The international jury for the Awards, chaired by David Grosman and formed by Javier
Mariscal, Alberto Lievore, Arturo González, Mai Felip, Nina Masó, Peter Zee
and Iñaki Inzunza, conferred the four honourable mentions on Juli Capella and
Quim Larrea as Design promoters with, among others, the direction of the
magazine ARDI; DZ Centro de Diseño Industrial; the Catalan design schools Massana,
Elisava and Eina; and on Daniel Gil, in recognition of his 25 years as
art director at Alianza Editorial.
The concept of design as a bridge between culture and technology, as a union of
cultural and technological values that, through it, attain their maximum form
of expression, has been mirrored in the work of the winners throughout the ten editions
of the National Awards. The growing success of Spanish design and the widespread
international recognition it is receiving are the best possible proof of this.

Geometry lessons

Produced by Vilagrasa and ready to be distributed, Etna, Josep Lluscà’s latest creation for
public spaces, is a collection of ash-trays for the table, the wall, or free-standing, which
aim for, and achieve, the most neutral appearance possible in the environments they
are placed in. They all have outstandingly simple forms: geometric minimalism that is
only lightened slightly for the table-top version which is of pressed clear or acid glass.
The rest of the collection has been made as extruded steel columns with cast-iron bases;
the head in all versions is of chromed zamak

Rebuilding the desk

Josep Lluscà’s relationship with the accessory design for public spaces sector appears
to be going full steam ahead, as does his collaboration with the firm Vilagrasa.
These excellent relationships have now produced Hall, a collection that consists
of a wastepaper bin, an umbrella stand, and an ash-tray/wastepaperbin.
Some of Lluscà’s best-known styling strokes are to be seen in both of the versions
available: the first, which can be hung on the wall; the second, double, with greater capacity.
In both cases, however, the use of a limited, though elegant, colour combination for the
finishes is important; blue plastic with grey metal or anthracite-coloured plastic
with aluminium-coloured or black metal.

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