Activities FHD

  • 16/03/2015

    The Design History Foundation takes over the Vilanova Archive

    The Foundation has received the files of the designer Jordi Vilanova who worked in Barcelona since the sixties until his death in 1998. The archive comprises original drawings, maps and photographs documenting his interior design projects and furnitures.

    Vilanova was one of the first modern designers in Barcelona. To his excellent training workshop he joined the knowledge of Nordic design that he imported and sold in his shop in Ganduxer street (Barcelona). Together with Jordi Bonet architect, Jordi Aguadé potter, jeweler Aureli Bisbe and the painter Joan Vila Grau, he created the group La Cantonada (The Corner) where they created projects for civil and religious art.

    Vilanova was a designer well-connected, who was able to surround himself with a wide clientele in the domestic, commercial, educational and religious.

    The file was separated into two different locations and with the help of a daughter and the company Arboretum it has been possible to save it from destruction relatively fast. Now the researcher Isabel del Río is about to make a thesis on this designer who was one of the most influential in Barcelona.