for Roche Bobois, Mexico.
INSTAGRAM – http://instagram.com/joelescalona/
FACEBOOK — https://www.facebook.com/JoelEscalonaStudio
WEB PAGE — www.joelescalona.com
BLOG — www.mrescalona.com
Acrylic or wood — wood
Color or colorless — colorless
Marcel Breuer, Arne Jacobsen or Philippe Starck — Philippe Starck
Icon — I wish I had one
Designer — Panorámica www.wearepanoramica.com
Favorite spot — My desk
Dessert — Bread from Rosetta
Guilty pleasure — Scarves
Blog — A daily mix of fashion, design, architecture and sexy girls from my tumblr feed Photographer — Mauricio Alejo
Perfume — 212
Book — Asimov
Piece from your closet — White sneakers
Museum worth stopping by — San Idelfonso
Piece of furniture — Masters from Stark Artist — humans since 1982
Industrial designer Joel Escalona is the Director of his own design brand “Joel Escalona”. He has exhibited his work in Paris, New York, Milan and of course, in nationally acclaimed venues in Mexico: The Franz Mayer Museum, twice in the Museo de Arte Moderno and in the majestic Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes. He has also created limited edition pieces and mass production objects working with companies in Mexico and all over the world.
His biggest achievement so far, is being able to live his life passion through his work. What he enjoys the most about the industry, is the possibility of creating art while designing products, selling ideas that show a real value to different companies and industries and among all, the opportunity of working with amazing people and making great friends along the way, all thanks to the magic of design.
For him, self-confidence is the most important part of a man’s flair. “Unique style is all about confidence”, he said. “And confidence is all about self-acceptance. Once you are able to be comfortable in your own skin, you don´t even give a shit about style anymore.”
Sophisticated and modern, Joel has a unique perspective on mode, one that we totally agree with. “More than a style per se,” he said. “A philosophy, I would call it. A way of living in constant change, a permanent journey of learning new things and to always take myself out of the comfort zone in the hopes of becoming better each day”.
The oldest piece inside his closet is a pair of white sneakers. He told us that it’s probably because he always tries to find something similar every time he goes shopping, so even though they are probably new, it seems to him like they’ve been in his closet forever.
While studying, Joel wasn’t very sure about what he was going to do with his life. “As almost everybody else, he said. “So, one time I went to my university’s library, I took one of those designer books, with a pretty amazing portfolio. In one page you could see a spoon and in the other a building, then a car, a toothbrush and so on and in that moment I understood I wanted to be an industrial designer, I realized I wanted to design everything”.
Professionally speaking, his main purpose as a designer is to create products that are economical, political or socially relevant; but personally, his goal is to challenge his own intellectual and creative boundaries by solving problems that come his way.
Today, throughout his archive, we show you his first collaboration with Roche Bobois, which also happens to be the first time a Mexican works with the French house of design. It all started when the brand’s creative director was doing some research and found him, eventually asking him to develop a new concept. Two years later the collection was in Roche Bobois showrooms everywhere. “It sounds pretty easy,” he said. “However, it wasn’t, some discussions, a lot of proposals, a long way to bring one product to real life. But, in the end, I’m really happy about the collaboration.”
The next piece in his collection will probably be the one he is working on at this very moment. “I’m always upgrading the level of complexity in each project,” he said. So it becomes more challenging every time.” And what makes him fall in love with his art day after day is the ability to transform raw materials into something completely different from what it used to be so it turns into something meaningful, useful or beautiful.
The Fancy Archive admires Joel Escalona’s art. He is an extremely talented designer who, we are sure, will keep going beyond our expectations. Congratulations, Joel.