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Carles Riart

Esperança Rabat


Carles Riart


Esperança Rabat

Esperança Rabat is an art historian and visual artist. She has worked as an art and design critic and written articles, publications and books. She has also curated a number of exhibitions and taught art and design classes at Eina and ESDI. She is the co-creator, together with Marta Barangé, of a tray producedby the Italian firm Alessi in 1992. She was a member of the ADI FAD board between 1987 and 1990 and of the FAD’s Steering Committee between 1990 and 1997.

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Esperança Rabat

 |  2001
Design Biographies

Carles Riart (1944) is one of the leading Catalan designers of the second half of the 20th century. An atypical creator, Riart has sought to be a design craftsman, with singular furnishings that he conceived away from market trends and fashions: are interpretation of the traditional. In this way, he has broken with the austerity of the functionalism that dominated his early career and revived the taste for furnishings based on sensuality and imagination, furnishings that can stir one’s emotions.

This book includes a meticulous cataloguing of his work and illustrations of his most representative pieces, some of which have been distinguished with international awards and are now icons of modern design. It also reproduces many of his “special or uniquely personal furnishings,” as well as a good number of his secret watercolours. The result is a thorough analysis of his work. In the words of Santiago Roqueta, Carlos Riart “has altered our perception of things, the way we look at ourselves and at the pretended novelty of our everyday lifes.”


ISBN: 84-8301-478-5
Esperança Rabat – 2001
Spanish/ English
Paperback, 28.6 cm x 24 cm / 11.26″ x 9.45″
160 pp
140 ilustrations

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