Interview: Eugeni Quitllet

When we first saw his name close to that of Philippe Starck we googled, with no luck. There was no human trace of Eugeni Quitllet and we thought, for a brief moment, that he could be an invention, some sort of imaginary alter ego created by his famously provocative partner. But shortly after all this revealed to be a product of our unquiet imagination: he is for real, thank goodness.
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Eugeni Quitllet

How's your creative process?

The creative process is the most important moment for me because I like to see the final result from de beginning, the texture, the colors, the people's sensation when they will see and use it, that gives me the energy to follow all the process until the end. 
I have to realize something that is already realized in my mind and ready for production I spend the rest of the time to copy this image....


What's the best tool you use?

Some times the idea arrives so fast that I can't draw it and I just say it! 
I use simultaneously the pencil and the computer to understand how to represent what I see or feel.
  Eugeni Quitllet

Sketches and early 3D computer model of the Dr. Yes chair for Kartell
 Eugeni Quitllet Eugeni Quitllet


Could you do what you do without a computer?

I do thousands of drawings! I draw very good with my pencil and I shape with my hands every detail; but with my computer I go directly to the production mould. It's great! 
The MASTERS chair was born directly in my computer, which means I can do a good chair in my kitchen with only 1 computer...so I really need it! 
I play the computer like ho plays the electric guitar....
  Eugeni QuitlletEugeni Quitllet
Computer model and final version of the innovative Mr. Impossible chair

Which is the hardest part in the process of creating a new object?  

The hardest part of the process is to bring to reality the original energy of the first idea to fix on an industrial process a human feeling! 
I like to give certain life to objects, animate them!
  Eugeni Quitllet

and the most fun?

You can't do a serious thing without having fun!

The most important skills a designer should have?

To be awaken in the dream!


Who gave you the best lessons?

I have the great chance to learn a lot together with Starck, his shore is one of the most beautiful lessons!


You have designed many products together with Philippe Starck, what does it mean to be the creative partner of a contemporary design monster? To which extent is a benefit and which, if any, are the drawbacks?

Yes! It's amazing but true, I have the chance to ride the big machine, I have no limits for expressing my ideas. I've designed watches for Fossil, glasses for Mikli, lamps for Flos...Kartell, Driade, Cassina, Xo, Alias. Is great to collaborate with all these fantastic people at the same time!, is like a non-stop creating party! 
It's all done in a very natural way without thinking if it will be a benefit or not, I think it can only be positive because it's the way it's done!

 
How much does your own personality reflect in your projects?

Some projects are clearly closer to my own personality, we can see some ideas that were not explored before. 
A very clear example is the Masters chair with the 3 silhouettes being a sort of mathematical discover! I like to take formal risks and at the same time being very sensual, Dr. Yes goes in that direction: is hard and soft at the same time, the chair comes out from a squared frame. Also the Mr. Impossible which is a bit of a miracle with the double shell! and K-Ray for Flos is a very radical concept with a very delicate inside shape. I feel very close to these projects.
  Eugeni Quitllet Eugeni Quitllet Eugeni Quitllet The striking K-Ray lamp designed by Eugeni and Philippe Starck for Flos

 
If you were not a designer, what would you be?

I give myself the definition in Spanish: "DISO√ĎADOR INDUSTRIAL" (designer of industrial dreams), I love to play with words.

 
Best thing you have done so far:

the very best! The Masters chair! And the K-ray lamp for Flos, they are very far from what has been done before.
  Eugeni QuitlletEugeni Quitllet Masters chair designed with Starck for Kartell, three design classics put together into a new intriguing object.

What's next?

I let you discover at the Salone... the rest is still in my mind...


April 2010


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it must be a great thing to be a partner with Philippe Starck

From whom was the original Idea?


During 2009-2010 period my brother Francisco Tomey and his friend Jimena Azula
started their Senior Year of interior designer carreer at IED Barcelona. To get
graduated they have to develope a final proyect. This proyect must be an
innovative desgin.

They started to develop their proyect on september 2009, and did their final
presentation on June 2010. Because the quality of their project, IED Barcelona,
invited them to part of the EME3 Festival, where they must built a 1:1 scale
prototype of their proyect to show it. EME3 took place on September 2010
(http://www.iedbcn.com/es/noticias/ied-barcelona-participa-en-el-festival-eme3_196.html?page=2).

To see the proyect and its explanation you can see the image at
http://www.naojitomey.com/#!projects/albumphotos13=5 . Because of a limited
budget they built the most simple type of the different prototypes they designed

for the proyect (If its necesary I can send you the complete catalogue of
images).

Yesterday, browsing at Yahoo, I saw this article
http://es.noticias.yahoo.com/11/20110414/foto/pwl-italy-design-1d9e676-90ef1b74f360.html

according to this article the creators of this concept are the famous designers
Philippe Stark and Eugeni Quittlet.

When I saw the picture I was amazed of how similar were the concept and designs
from the students Tomey and Azula and the desgin from Stark and Quitllet. So I
have a question to Mr. Stark and Mr. Quitllet, could they explain me how they
develope the concept of the sofa at the picture? Isn't too much coincidence that

Mr. Quitllet is Catalan and EME3 Festival where Tomey and Azula presented their
proyect was Barcelona?

I'm pretty sure that IED Barcelona staff wouldn't give a green light to Tomey
and Azula to present their final carreer proyect and show them in the EME3
festival knowing that this sofa concept already exists.

As I told you if you need further information pictures and more prototypes to
see how similar are the designs I can send it to you.

I really hope that you publish this submit, 'cause for me is awfull to see how
famous designer does not respect new designers work. This is the reason why I'm
writing to every blog where I found the Stark and Quitllet names.

KR;
Victor M. Tomey

I'm wirting you because you I don't know that AP, the author of the article,
would do something about this kind of actions, I've already sent them an email,
and I'm really pist off about this issue.

I hope that you as real journalist that you are can do something about this
information that I'm sending to you. I'm writing to all Press Agencies that I
know, I think that if its not you one of the other agencies would listen to my
calims.

Do Stark and Quitllet copie a Design from IED's Forme Students?

From whom was the original Idea?


During 2009-2010 period my brother Francisco Tomey and his friend Jimena Azula
started their Senior Year of interior designer carreer at IED Barcelona. To get
graduated they have to develope a final proyect. This proyect must be an
innovative desgin.

They started to develop their proyect on september 2009, and did their final
presentation on June 2010. Because the quality of their project, IED Barcelona,
invited them to part of the EME3 Festival, where they must built a 1:1 scale
prototype of their proyect to show it. EME3 took place on September 2010
(http://www.iedbcn.com/es/noticias/ied-barcelona-participa-en-el-festival-eme3_196.html?page=2).

To see the proyect and its explanation you can see the image at
http://www.naojitomey.com/#!projects/albumphotos13=5 . Because of a limited
budget they built the most simple type of the different prototypes they designed

for the proyect (If its necesary I can send you the complete catalogue of
images).

Yesterday, browsing at Yahoo, I saw this article
http://es.noticias.yahoo.com/11/20110414/foto/pwl-italy-design-1d9e676-90ef1b74f360.html

according to this article the creators of this concept are the famous designers
Philippe Stark and Eugeni Quittlet.

When I saw the picture I was amazed of how similar were the concept and designs
from the students Tomey and Azula and the desgin from Stark and Quitllet. So I
have a question to Mr. Stark and Mr. Quitllet, could they explain me how they
develope the concept of the sofa at the picture? Isn't too much coincidence that

Mr. Quitllet is Catalan and EME3 Festival where Tomey and Azula presented their
proyect was Barcelona?

I'm pretty sure that IED Barcelona staff wouldn't give a green light to Tomey
and Azula to present their final carreer proyect and show them in the EME3
festival knowing that this sofa concept already exists.

As I told you if you need further information pictures and more prototypes to
see how similar are the designs I can send it to you.

I really hope that you publish this submit, 'cause for me is awfull to see how
famous designer does not respect new designers work. This is the reason why I'm
writing to every blog where I found the Stark and Quitllet names.

KR;
Victor M. Tomey

I'm wirting you because you I don't know that AP, the author of the article,
would do something about this kind of actions, I've already sent them an email,
and I'm really pist off about this issue.

I hope that you as real journalist that you are can do something about this
information that I'm sending to you. I'm writing to all Press Agencies that I
know, I think that if its not you one of the other agencies would listen to my
calims.

Goo article with high standards.bibinsaid

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