Mario Ruiz

A graduate in Industrial Design from the Elisava School of Design in Barcelona, designer Mario Ruiz started his independent professional career in 1995. Due to his skill and multidisciplinary experience in such diverse fields he has won the confidence of more than 120 leading companies in the world (Australia, the United States, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain). Teknion, Siemens, Steelcase, Thomson, Schneider Electric, Arflex, Sellex, Gandia Blasco, Haworth, HBF, Metalarte, Offecct, Castelli, Citterio, Lapalma, Palau, Schiavello… are just some names for whom he has worked on more then 600 projects. For some of these companies he not only undertakes projects directly related to their products in different fields (domestic and office furniture, lighting, textile design, product design, graphics) but also acts as creative director defining their product catalogues, brand and graphic identity, as well as developing their showrooms and trade fair stands. His work has been acknowledged with more than 40 prestigious awards in Europe and the United States. Including several Red Dot, IF, Design Plus, Wallpaper Awards08 and ADI-FAD Silver Delta Awards. For more than 10 years, he’s also been a lecturer at the Eina and Elisava design schools in Barcelona. In 2003 the first monograph on his work, “mario ruiz / costadesign”, was released by publishing house Actar.

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Describe your inspiration for your Milan release with Arflex

It comes from a floral inspiration. The shape comes from the flower petals, with volume but working with very delicate and thin surfaces, with curvature in two directions.

Did the design arrive at the fair how you originally conceptualised or did it evolve?

In almost every project is needed to make a transformation to adapt the design concept to the reality of the company. The concept always changes to be suitable to the processes of identity and the industrial culture of the manufacturer. In this case, it has be like explained.

What material do you best like working with and why?

I feel a deep interest about all of them, is the nature of the project which make me love ones over the others.

Describe your favourite room in your own home?

My favourite room at home is the kitchen. I spend many hours in the kitchen when I am not in my studio. Cooking is my passion.

Has social media affected your intellectual property?

Not for now, but let’s see what happens in the future. Social media is quite new and very powerful, but it is still soon to say if it will damage my intellectual property.

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