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Santiago Roqueta

Barcelona, 1944 - 2005

Santiago Roqueta

Doctor in architecture, professor at the ETSAB, industrial designer, interior designer and artist when inspiration blessed him, Roqueta is an essential figure in order to understand the development of design in Catalonia.

Santiago Roqueta founded in 1969 the famous furniture editing company Snarck Design company, thus becoming a pioneer in design editing. He undertook the project of recovering and promoting pieces of renowned artists such as Rietveld, Balla, Hoffman or Dalí, among others.


During the 70s and the 80s, Roqueta focused his work on designing pubs and night clubs, contributing to what would come to be known as the Barcelona of design. Some of his most outstanding projects and collaborations were the Ponsa restaurant (1970), the Massana restaurant (1975), the Zeleste night clubs (1973 and 1979), the Malic theater (1984), the Snooker Club (1995, FAD award), La Barcelonina de Vins i Esperits (1985), the Els Balcons restaurant, the Sisisí pub (1986), the Ciento gallery, or the production company Ovideo TV's offices (1985-1998), for which he also created furniture and television and movie sets. In many of these projects, Gabriel Ordeig Cole collaborated in the lighting.


In the first 90s, as the director of the ETSAB (School of Architecture of Barcelona), Roqueta proposed to Santa & Cole to set up an unprecedent coediting relationship, in order to promote the knowledge on Spanish design masters. This relationship gave birth to the book collections Design Classics and Contemporary Designers, that he supervised until his death in January 2005. But Roqueta went further and was also the author of the first book in the Design Classics collection, a monograph called "Antoni de Moragas", a book that goes through the work and inestimable contribution of this Catalan architect to carrying out and promoting Catalan design in the 20th century.

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