is similar, the language obviously complicates
it a little more, but when there is interest on
both sides that issue is secondary. Sometimes
being a foreigner is an added value factor, as
they say “no one is a prophet in his own land”.
The difficulty lies more in the type of company.
There are firms that are very closed to new
people. They have a very limited requirement
for new products and usually order directly
from their designers. Getting access to these
firms is very complicated because there is no
positive predisposition. However, sometimes
swimming against the tide pays off and our
work with Paola Lenti is a good example. Our
design fitted them instantly. The other typology
is that of companies open to the incorporation
EXPRESSO: David Ramos
A designer of your generation. The Bouroullec brothers for their similarly transgressive designs. -Someone you would never design for. For those
who do not show respect towards our profession. - A client you haven’t worked for yet and would love to. Vitra. - What would you like to have
invented? The invention of the pencil has always seemed incredible to me. A graphite bar wrapped in wood so as not to stain and that as it wears
out until we are left with nothing. – You favourite time of day. Breakfast. - A place that inspires you. It can be anywhere, it’s not really the places,
it’s the moments that inspire me. - A material to work with. The mind. - A legacy you want to leave. Good memories.
of new designers, and there are few of
them. They understand that diversity enriches,
opens new horizons and that the results can be
very interesting. Accessing them is easier, but
the competition is fierce.
Lighting design is a constant factor in your
work. Do you feel a special predilection for
this type of product?
We feel very comfortable designing lamps, but
we do not feel a special predilection. We like
diversity in projects and we try to open the
range whenever we have the opportunity. We
believe that typecasting is a mistake. The exercise
of design requires a broad view, with perspective
and free of acquired vices. The reason
for our constant involvement with this type of
product is because back in the day we were
lucky enough to work with Vibia, a leading
company in the field, and with whom we had
a very special dialogue and relationship. We
both share the same values and our harmony
with them is very good. To talk about Vibia is
to talk about design with capital letters.
When creating, do you distinguish between
home and contract sectors?
Although they currently coincide in many aspects,
certain distinctions must still be considered.
The end user is different. The contract
sector presents a series of requirements that
are not necessarily present in the home sector
and which ends up conditioning the final design.
Even so, it is clear that they are sectors
that are becoming increasingly closer.
What part of the work process do you enjoy
the most on a day-to-day basis?