MARTI GUIXE (ES)

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The famous Spanish and Catalan designer Martí Guixé was born in 1964 in Barcelona. His work moves between anthropology, humor, gastronomy, typography, the human and the exact sciences.

Martí Guixé lives in Barcelona and Berlin. He graduated in interior design from Elisava in Barcelona in 1985 and enrolled in an industrial design study program in Scuola Politecnica di Design di Milano in 1986.

For him, design should be firmly rooted in contemporary experience and not linger in past structures of functionality. What marks his work is a frequent use of disposable or cheap materials. Such sensitivity towards materials that are quick, readily available and oriented towards mass consumption led him to become an important innovator in food design. In 2001, as a statement against the limited scope of the traditional designer Guixé started an ex-designer movement, defining himself by the same name. Some of his clients are Alessi, Camper, Danese, Desigual, Droog Design, Magis, Rome Film Festival, Vitra…

He has been included in exhibitions at MoMA (New York), MuDAC (Lausanne), MACBA (Barcelona) and Centre Pompidou (Paris). He received the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize in 1999 and the National Design Prize of the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2007.

www.guixe.com

I stopped working for others because then I have the responsibility and I feel like an advertising agency. When I work for Yello, I can make a fool out of myself. Whatever I do I go through the process of becoming a child, an idiot, totally unimportant. When I have the responsibility to start with it is disturbing." "I think every human is a God. All our life is about becoming like a child, trying to find out who is really hidden inside yourself, who you really are, who is the divine being inside. Great alpinist climb mountains not to become world famous, but to learn something about themselves, to come closer to that inner-child. If you are exposing yourself to the process of climbing the mountain, it is very important you are prepared to make a fool of yourself, to let yourself fall into the emptiness of vague idea, and to have the courage to be a total idiot. Only then you have a chance to die with the smile on your face.

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