Pol Mauri Carbonell has been interested in design for a long as he can remember. Growing up in Barcelona, he can recall as a child being taken by his artist mother to stylish design shops - he knows this is where his fascination started. Today Pol lives and works in London, a product developer for the contemporary British furniture brand - Established and Sons - where he aims to create objects that answer to a functionality but are also sculptural and intriguing at the same time.
Whilst establishing Celestial, he immediately sprung to mind as an innovative artist to work with. His considered design process mixed with artistic flare produces beautiful homewares. This young designer has been ahead of his game for quite some time. Since he was young, he's loved art, architecture, design, and creating masterpieces with pen and pad. Needless to say, we wanted to be apart of his incredible journey.
It wasn't long before we had a design concept for an elegant and inspiring black porcelain plate. We hope the first of many projects together. Below we catch up with Pol at his home and talk more about his design approach and life in London.
How did your passion for design start?
I grew up in downtown Barcelona. My mother was an artist but is now an exhibition designer, my dad is an engineer. Both very creative in their own ways, they definitely created an environment that had an impact on me growing up, whether it was the objects around me or the people they surrounded themselves with. I can remember as a small child being taken to all the fancy design shops and realising that someone must be making all these things but in Spanish culture, people making all the good furniture were the star architects, the masters so you have this mentality that if you want to make a chair you have to be an architect first, I didn’t question this too much and this along with my mothers dream of me being an architect I went off to study architecture.
Although I enjoyed the first 2 years I soon realised I was more interested in the items inside the buildings than the buildings themselves so quit.
From there I moved to London and started at Kingston University to study product design.
Who were your biggest influences growing up?
My mother had a close circle of friends all of which artists. I grew up with a family friend of ours and the biggest influence in my life, the late Ramon Guillen-Balmes. Although he passed away when I was very young he has always stayed present in our lives, our house and everyone in my family are full of his thoughtful artwork and drawings.
How would you describe your design style?
This is still something that has yet to evolve and feel I’m still very early on in my career to know what that is yet. Right now I just try to take each project individually.
Each project can look completely different, but because I think in a certain way and I want things to feel a certain way. I like to think the details in the work make it homogenous, because ultimately what I would like things to do is leave an impression. What I always want to try and do is design something that resonates with a person - develop a sense of attachment between people and objects.
My design principles have developed from my personal attachment to household belongings - which although weren't always beautiful - did something better than anything else.
Right now I jump from one style to another and am enjoying playing with different processes. I’m also often enjoying experimenting with beauty over functionality.
What was the most challenging part of this project?
... Time! Like any project, time constraints were tight. Not having my own studio, we had little time to perform each part so no mistakes could be made, it was challenging but still fun and I’m super happy with the results.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a few projects that I am quite excited about. However working at E&S is very intensive, especially around Salone. It is very draining so I am consciously not working on any new things as I might burn out. I prefer to take my time to assess my decisions with a clear mind.
At E&S I’m mostly working on a project around resin (transparencies, textures, colours) and working on some new smoked ceramics that will be very exciting.
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Photography: Tom Oliver Payne