Borja García Interview

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Borja García, the internationally renowned Spanish designer was born in Valencia in 1980 where he studied Technical Industrial Design Engineering at the Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU and worked with several local practices. In 2001 he moved to Milan where he completed his training at the Design Continuum Italia studio. He founded his own brand in 2011 bringing together industrial design and architecture.

Amongst the collaborative projects undertaken between Borja García and GANDIABLASCO are included several collections of outdoors furniture, such as STACK, LLAR and the latest 2016 launch STACK SYSTEM CHAIR, a system of stackable seating that reworks the traditional use of this object which we come across daily in different contexts: from the home to the office, waiting rooms, gardens … and even hotel terraces.

How did you discover your vocation?

I always enjoyed asking myself how and why things are the way they are. What started as curiosity little by little became a passion that turned into a profession.

What is the common ground between the design of outdoor furniture and architecture?

Outdoor furniture establishes a permanent dialogue with architecture. The outdoor product allows the interior to move outside to a space of transition where it coexists with the architecture.

What was your last project?

My last product design was Motormood for Mad Lab, a collection of small wood and metal objects that aim to get us back in touch with our childhood.

What place has particularly inspired you?

More than places I would say moments in time. Every time we are faced with a new project we go through good and bad periods; the inspiration often arrives within seconds. These are the situations that define a project, forcing you to rethink and start from zero.

Tell us:

A design that always moves you

It depends on the time of day. When you are passionate about design you find value in a wide variety of daily objects. Simple products that are exceptional precisely because they do not draw attention to themselves but make life easier.

A place in the world to disconnect

The El Carnaje inlet of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park

About GANDIABLASCO and GAN:

How did your relationship with GANDIABLASCO start?

I was familiar with the brand as a reference in the outdoor furniture sector but my relationship with the firm started because of an architectural project for José A. Gandí-Blasco. We got on really well which meant that we kept working together after all these years.

What makes the brand different from others?

Undoubtedly the strength of its identity. It’s unwavering. It has managed to export the Mediterranean to the rest of the world.

And to get to know you a bit better:

The last book that you read

“The entrepreneur’s black book” by Fernando Trías de Bes. It’s about all the mistakes that should be avoided. I think I’ve made all of them (laughs).

Your favourite colour

It changes with time, but white always figures.

A film that you can match 20 times over without being bored

La grande bellezza, by Paolo Sorrentino.

An outdoor furniture design that makes life a bit more pleasant for you?

As any self-respecting Mediterranean designer I cannot even conceive life without the outdoors. It’s in the DNA we carry around as well as our culture, an inherent part of our way of life. And yes, furniture helps to express this living the outdoors!

 

About Borja García

Born in 1980 in Valencia, where he studied Technical Industrial Design Engineering at the Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU. In 2001 he moved to Milan, where he completed his training at the Design Continuum Italia studio.

A year later he founded the Nazca design studio together with Joaquín García and Esther Tornero, with whom he developed industrial design projects.

In 2005 he decided to branch off independently and established his own brand the Borja García Studio. Since then he has been developing industrial design and communication projects, he has won several national awards and has participated in exhibitions in Tokyo, Milan, St-Etienne, Shanghai, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Athens, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. His work is divided between small scale architectural residential projects and commercial spaces.

Since 2011 he has combined both disciplines, industrial design and architecture, under a single own brand offering professional services in both sectors.