Lecture by Eugeni Quitllet

Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet was born on 1972. He graduated from Llotja Art School in Barcelona. He readily describes himself as a ‘Disoñador,’ a Spanish contraction of designer and dreamer. His invented future is gravity-free, with incredible aesthetics summarised in a combination of digital precision and flowing curves. This Ibiza-born industrial dreamer first witnessed a rural stretch of the beach become an informal hub for ultra-modern electronic music, before growing up in Barcelona, a place of architectural divide where Gaudi’s organic outbursts fraternise with the Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe, a rationalist marmoreal jewel installed in Catalonia before taking root in the United States. Eugeni Quitllet hence lives and works in Barcelona. Keep your finger on the pulse of our ever-changing paradoxical period by keeping your eye on this pioneer. The designer from Ibiza launched his first outdoor collection for Vondom in 2014 with organic and evolving seats, connected via Bluetooth and capable of disseminating music: like shells for listening to the sea according to the designer from Ibiza. A plastic collection pursuing the strong relationship of the designer with this material, one of the best examples of which is Cloud-io for Kartell.   As for the VK-1 (2011) headphones at Aëdle, another bestseller in the process of becoming a reference in the music industry, Eugeni Quitllet designed it like a true blueprint for headphones, using the best manufacturing processes. Adept at working at polar opposites, in 2014 he conceived a collection of archetypal and luxurious cutlery for Christofle, as well as a disposable plastic service for IPI, a manufacturer for whom he had already designed the Air France trays (2012). Nothing unusual for someone who says, ‘As soon as we try to refine a form, we end up with a knife, whether it concerns a design for a boat or a skyscraper.’ 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. Recently awarded Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison&Objet.