Nacho Carbonell

Nacho Carbonell
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Biography

Born in Spain in 1980, Nacho Carbonell graduated in 2003 from Cardenal Herrera C.E.U. University in Spain before going on to study at Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating, Carbonell immediately began to make a name for himself in the design world, with his 2009 Evolution collection earning him a nomination for the Beazley Design of the Year from the Design Museum in London. In 2010, a year after being named as a Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel, he presented This Identity, which redefined his style of organic forms and rough and colourful textures.

Carbonell is known for his tactile approach to sculpture, playing with texture, experimental techniques, and natural materials. His approach is unique, seeing objects as ‘living organisms’ that come alive and surprise you with their behaviour. For Carbonnel forming a relationship with his work is integral – he creates objects with his hands in order to impart something of his personality to them. He describes his pieces as “communicative objects that arouse one’s feelings and imagination… that allow you to escape everyday life.”

Carbonell’s designs are made using locally sourced materials he finds near his studio in Eindhoven. For his sculptural Cocoon lamps, the artist creates tree-like sculptures held together by steel branches and adorned with mesh-like cocoons. The cocoons are made using a steel mesh covered with a plaster of Carbonell’s own creation, a mix of sand and textile hardener. The sculptures seem otherworldly in their composition, and are reminiscent of magic realism, seeming to both imitate and transcend the natural world.

Carbonell’s lamps were among those exhibited at the opening of Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s San Francisco location. Their tree-like forms filled the upper aisles of the renovated St Joseph’s Church, adding a surrealist ethereality to the space.

His pieces are shown in museums around the world such as the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands, the 2121 Museum in Japan, Fnac-Fonds national d’art contemporai in France, in the MoMA San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Mint Museum in the United States. His pieces are also found in several private collections.

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Achievements

  • The Armory Show, Solo Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘West Coast Pop Up’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in collaboration with 836M Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • ‘Living Organisms’, Hortamuseum Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • Group Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Summer Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Art Light, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Art Light, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami Beach, USA.
  • TEFAF New York Spring, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Zona Maca, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mexico City.
  • FOG Art + Design, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • ‘Forest’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Retrospective Exhibition 10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mitry-Mory, France.
  • ‘New Gallery Opening 10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘New Works Only’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami Beach, USA.
  • PAD London, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Expo Chicago, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Chicago, USA.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
  • PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
  • Zona Maco, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mexico City.
  • Light Mesh, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London.
  • Preview of the new collection for Carpenters Workhop Gallery, Design Miami, Basel.
  • Presentation with sunbrella Textiles, and the launch of the Book “The Rebus Natura” at
    Rossana Orlandi gallery, Milan Furniture Fair, Milano, Italy.
  • World Design Capital, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Maison Hermes window Display, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Design of the window display for the shop during november 2014/ january 2015 “Hatch up”
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Exemplary 150 years of MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), Viena, Austria.
  • Nacho Carbonell: Inspiration, Evolution and Transience, Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Time is a Treasure, Design Miami, Miami, USA.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • MINT Museum, Charlotte, USA.
  • Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Furniture Sculptures Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Luciferase, BSL Galerie, Paris, France.
      Post Fossil, Museum of Holon, Israel.

    • Justmad, Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.
    • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
    • Playground Closes at Dusk and Luciferase, Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
    • Perceptions of Time and Contemporary Design, Marta Herford Museum, Germany.
    • Material Research / Examples Exhibition, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
    • Organic Dwelling, State Museum of Architecture (MUAR), Moscow, Russia.
    • 3 years, Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy.
  • Vincon Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Evolution, BSL Galerie, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Brain Ideas, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Archaic Shelter, Maison & Object, Paris, France.
  • Diversity, Design Miami/Basel, Miami, USA.
  • Hyperlinks, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA.
  • Por las Ramas, Rhein Triadem, Cologne, Germany.
  • New Directions in Design, Vivid Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Archeology of the Future, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Craft Punk, Spazio Fendi, Milan, Italy.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Opening Droog, New York, USA.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Corn Collection at Fumi Gallery, London Design Week, London, UK.
  • Experimenta Design, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • I’m in love!, Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Modefabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • C!rcus, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Singletown, Biennale d’Architettura, Venice, Italy.
  • Design is Air, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Casa Decor, Valencia, Spain.
  • Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Design Parade, Villa Noailles, France.
  • Valencia Furniture Fair, Valencia, Spain.
  • Por las Ramas, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
  • Designer of the Future, Design Miami Basel – Switzerland.
  • Design of the year nomination: Lover’s Chair – Design Museum London.
  • Winner Grand Prix SEB 150 years, July.
  • Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy.
  • Design Parade, Villa Noailles, France.
  • Valencia Furniture Fair, Valencia, Spain.
  • Groningen Museum, Netherlands. 2121 Museum, Japan. MINT Museum, Charlotte, USA.

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