Oscar Tusquets, Lluis Clotet, Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, and Xavier Carulla, among others, founded B.d Ediciones de Disefio in 1972. Many of Tusquets’ furniture and product designs, as well as those of others at the time, were deemed too risky by other Spanish manufacturers.
The initials’ B.d’ stood for Boccaccio Disefio, a reference to Oriol Regas, the firm’s chief banker and entertainment tycoon, whose numerous businesses were known as ‘Boccaccio.’
B.d Ediciones de Disefio started as a retail sales showroom for Studio-PER members’ furniture and reproductions of Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh pieces. To promote contemporary architecture in Barcelona, lectures and exhibits were held in the retail space and a public library that was created for this purpose. Casa Thomas, designed by Lluis Domenech I Montaner in 1898, is where the firm is located.
The 1980 Duplex stool by Javier Mariscal (with Pepe Cortés), the 1983 Arana lamp by Cortés and Mariscal, and the 1988 Coqueta chair by Pete Sans were among the company’s offerings.
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Javier Mariscal is a Spanish designer. He was born in Valencia. He is professionally active in Barcelona. He studied at the Escuela de Grafismo Elisava, Barcelona, to 1971. His poster designs of the 1970s included one for the city of Barcelona as a pictogram of the words bar (‘bar’)/cel (‘sky’)/ona (‘wave’).
A& E Design, a Swedish design consultancy, was founded in Stockholm by Tom Ahlström and Hans Ehrich (1942-). They both had previously studied design and metalwork at the Konstfackskolan, Stockholm. From its outset, this Stockholm based practice researched plastics’ application while specialising in design for the disabled.