The Design Museum
, London are currently exhibiting the first UK retrospective of Javier Mariscal
- Spanish artist, designer, sculptor, illustrator, interior designer and furniture designer - "one of the world's most innovative and original designers of our time".Javier Mariscal
was born in Valencia in 1950, but moved to Barcelona to live and work in 1970 were he opened Estudio Mariscal in 1989. Throughout his career Mariscal has created mascots for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 ('Cobi'
- below) and for the Hanover 2000 Expo in 1995 ('Twipsy'), he created the now famous diary room chair for the second year of Channel 4's 'Big Brother' in 2001, designed the popular 'Alexandra Armchair' as part of the Amorosos Furniture Collection for Moroso and created identities for the Swedish Socialist Party 'Socialdemkraterna', Barcelona Zoo, and London post-production company, Framestore.
Mariscal has such a huge body of work that the exhibition should be fantastic - apparently there's an entrance tunnel displaying 640 examples of his work from the last 30 years (including typefaces) and on the exterior of the Design Museum he has created a giant typographic mural, "showcasing his unique vision and signature design style"
The exhibition runs until 1 November 2009 and has it's very own blog
to keep everyone up-to-date with the goings on.Images copyright Javier Mariscal.