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Esperança Rabat

Carles Riart

Esperança Rabat


Esperança Rabat

Esperança Rabat, graduated from Barcelona's Universitat Autònoma with a degree in Art History. She also studied at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts and the EINA Design School. She has worked as art and design critic for such newspapers as "El Món", "La Vanguardia" and El Mundo, among other general and specialised publications. She is the author of several editions of "Anuari del Disseny a Catalunya", published by Fundació BCD, and a book "Plural Design", (ADP, Ediciones del Serbal). She has curated several exhibitions, including "Regenerar, suggerir. Carles Riart. Mobles i dibuixos", 1969-1995, (Barcelona, 1995). She has taught art and design at DIAC, EINA and ESDI.

Together with Marta Barangé, she won the international competition "Contenitori di Memoria" with a tray produced in 1992 by the Italian firm Alessi. She was a member of the ADI FAD Board of Directors from 1987 to 1990 and the FAD Executive Committee from 1990 to 1997.

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| 2001
Design Biographies

Carles Riart (1944) is one of the leading Catalan designers of the second half of the 20th century. An atypical creator, Riart has sought to be a design craftsman, with singular furnishings that he conceived away from market trends and fashions: are interpretation of the traditional. In this way, he has broken with the austerity of the functionalism that dominated his early career and revived the taste for furnishings based on sensuality and imagination, furnishings that can stir one’s emotions.
This book includes a meticulous cataloguing of his work and illustrations of his most representative pieces, some of which have been distinguished with international awards and are now icons of modern design. It also reproduces many of his “special or uniquely personal furnishings,” as well as a good number of his secret watercolours. The result is a thorough analysis of his work. In the words of Santiago Roqueta, Carlos Riart “has altered our perception of things, the way we look at ourselves and at the pretended novelty of our everyday lifes.”


ISBN: 84-8301-478-5
esperanca-rabat – 2001
Spanish / English
Paperback, 28.6 x 24 cm / 11.154″ x 9.36″
160 pp


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