THE INDUSTRIALIZED ARTISAN
Martín Azúa is a Basque designer who has worked in Barcelona since 1994. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and combines his professional activity as a designer of objects and space for important companies along with more speculative work. It belongs to a category of designers who consider experimental methods as a fundamental part of the design process.
Since 2007, his project “Basic House” has been part of the permanent collection of MOMA in New York. It also has pieces in the collection of the Museum of Design of Barcelona and in different public and private collections. He is particularly interested in the inclusion of natural processes in daily life and the use of artisanal resources to preserve cultural and technological diversity.
The Martín Azúa studio has worked for several well-known companies, developing different products and projects: Kvadrat, Majoral, Aecid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, DDI, Vibia, Porcelanosa, Antic Colonial, Summa Sports, Cosmic, Mobles 114, Expo Zaragoza 2008, Nanimarquina , Roca, Women’secret, Camper, Droog, Design of Faces, Escofet, Alis, Santaniol, Class Design, Design base, Ajuntament de Barcelona, CIRE, Elisava, Disseny UPC, Ego Gallery, Onsustain, Aguade, Arturo Alvarez, Idesa parfums, FAD, Barcelona World Race, and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Azúa has participated in award projects for sporting and cultural events, such as the first water medals for the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona in 2003, the trophies for the European Athletics Championships in Madrid in 2005 and the European Athletics Championships. in Barcelona in 2010, FAD medals and FAD Cup Award, City to City, the Barcelona World Race prizes and also the participation in the design of the packaging of the candidature of the Madrid 2012 Olympic Games. It has created spaces and exhibitions for the Culture Forum in Barcelona 2003 and Expo Zaragoza 2008.
From academy to practice
Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in design from the University of Barcelona and a postgraduate degree in architecture and ephemeral setting from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, he has a master’s degree in social communication from the Pompeu Fabra University. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis on the subject: Crafts and design, at the Faculty of Fine Arts / University of Barcelona.
Since 1995 he works as a teacher at Elisava School (Barcelona). He is currently a professor of the final project in the field of product design. Since 2010 he is a member of the advisory board of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. He has worked as an international consultant on design and craft issues in development aid programs funded by the European Community. For Azúa “in the field of ideas, there are no limits between the disciplines, the information moves in a shared stratum where there are no hierarchies or restrictions. The production is local and is committed to the environment and social development. ”