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Joan Gaspar

 

 

Joan Gaspar explains his design history:

"I began to learn the craft of designing under the guidance of Lluís Porqueras. In those days, towards the end of the 80s, Lluis had a small factory producing lamps in the Poble Nou district of Barcelona. At that time, prior to the ‘92 Olympics, Poble Nou was still a hive of industry, where companies, both large and small, as well as tiny craft workshops thrived; that formed a very valuable framework for a capital city like Barcelona, which was also striving to become a design hub. My earliest efforts, mainly lamps, date from that period. Looking back, now, I am still proud of them and they serve to remind me that I had the best teacher possible.

Today, I am a seasoned professional, but one who often thinks that his designs still retain the essence of those early years, given that I am still more interested in explaining how I have done things and showing how I have solved problems, rather than in the end result per se. That is not to say that the end result does not interest me – obviously it is very important – but, since the solution, about which everyone has their own opininion, is apparent, I feel that no one, other than its creator, can explain its hidden secrets knowledgeably and with passion".