Álvaro Catalán de Ocón
After completing his Business Management studies at Madrid Complutense University, he begins his training in product design at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan (1999-2000) and later graduated with honours from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (2000-2004).
In 2004 he starts up his own studio in Barcelona where he designs LA FLACA lamp, winner of the Design Plus Award (Frankfurt) and nominated to DELTA Awards in Barcelona. In 2009 he moves his studio to Madrid where he also teaches at the Instituto Europeo di Design and is a member of DIMAD Executive Board.
In 2007 and 2010 his designs are exhibited in the Salone Satellite Milano winning the Design Report Award in this last edition. Since then, he exposes his new projects at Spazio Rossana Orlandi Milano every year.
During 2011 and 2012 he conceives and develops PET Lamp Project, which has been a growing success since its presentation at Rosanna Orlandi in 2013. This has enabled him to create later on ACdO- the self-production design edition brand of his studio. PET Lamp has already developed several collections in Colombia, Chile, Japan, Ethiopia, and Australia. This project is backed up by several prizes and nominations: nomination for the London Design Museum as the best product of the year, CODESPA for best PYME (SME), Silver Delta Award 2014 in Barcelona. 4th Ibero American Biennial of Design (BID_14) Design for Development Award, a nomination for the German Design Award 2015 and finalist at Ecoembes R Awards, for Best Innovation and Entrepreneurship Project, among others.
His work is part of the design collections at Pompidou Centre and Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and M+ in Hong Kong among others.
His designs have been also exhibited in internationally renowned galleries such as VitraHaus, Rossana Orlandi Gallery (Milan), MINT Gallery (London), the Spanish Machado-Muñoz Gallery and different exhibitions at the London Design Museum, Issey Miyake Foundation 21_21 Design Sight (Tokio), BAUHAUS Dessau, Museum of Art and Design (Nueva York), La Sala Vinçon (Barcelona) and fairs such as Trans Design Shanghai, among others.
The studio has also been awarded with the AD prize for Best Emerging Design Studio 2014 and shortlisted by Dezeen Awards as best design studio of the year 2019
Currently, he combines his work with different companies with the self-production of some of his designs, such as HOME/OFFICE, PET LAMP, RAYUELA, RIAD, DOUBLE GAME, PRIMA, CORNUCOPIA, CANDIL, LA FLACA and ALHAMBRA TERRAZZO.
“Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, born in Madrid, is characterized by an aesthetic expressiveness, a distinctively pure design and the practicality of his products. Each of his designs stresses the material employed, the versatility of the making of the process and the possibility of interaction with the customer.” AXXIS Magazine, Colombia 2014.
“His design approach is based on a highly sophisticated vision of what makes an object special. His designs are clean and elemental but rich in experience and associations. His projects’ easy and light/pure appearance is achieved through an intensive process of study and reduction.” Jesús Vassallo Fernández, Doctor in Architecture from Harvard University.