Antoni Roselló

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Antoni Roselló
Industrial designer and sculptor, Antoni Roselló is one of the most interesting figures in urban design nowadays.
Antoni Roselló's singularity resides in his ability to embrace various areas of creation, that is sculptures, architecture, industrial design, and even monuments. He studied at the Escuela de Aparejadores of Barcelona and at the Escuela de Bellas Artes. Simultaneously, he worked in architect Manuel Baldrich's studio, in the Taller de Arquitectura, and between 1971-1973 at the architecture Miró-Rodergas-Rousseau-Tineo studio. These first years also helped him to think on the subjects that have always interested him, and reflect in his drawings, paintings and sculptures.

In the mid 80s, Roselló became interested in industrial design, the activity that has made him professionally successful. His first projects were the well-known telephone booth for the ONCE, and a ticket office for the Barcelona Fair. Only to mention some of his projects, Roselló has designed later on: the Claudia table (special mention at the Feria del Mueble of Valencia); the Georgina fountain for Barcelona's city council; an information desk for the Patronat de Turisme of Barcelona; the Laika, Elvis and Pausanias kiosks; the Olímpica playground (Delta de Plata ADI FAD 1992) and the Mowgli climbing frame (selected for an exhibition on Spanish design in Berlin, "Pasión diseño español", and nominated by the AEPD); the famous Barcelona ice cream chart for the Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Helados; the Mobile Bar Unit that was awarded a Delta de Plata ADI FAD 1993; among many others.

Roselló has also created urban elements for Santa & Cole: the Mondrian, Klee, Kandinski and Matisse iron series of tree grids, and the Standby series, composed of a bus shelter and an oppi. Some of his other urban elements are the Bus Olímpic mobile unit that promoted Barcelona's candidacy for the Olympic Games all around Spain, or the tram stops for the new tram that links Barcelona to its metropolitan area, together with Rafael Cáceres, in 2002. He has done other projects for Barcelona, such as the Torre Favència at the Vía Julia, and the three lightened towers of the Paseo Marítimo in the Villa Olímpica. His professional career was acknowledged at the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale in 2002, where he participated at the exhibition Paisajes internos at the Spanish pavilion, with architects Artigues and Sanabria.

Even though Roselló is famous for his excellent work in urban design, it is also interesting to take a look at his sculptures: the monuments to freedom of expression in Valencia and Castellón, first award on urban sculpture by Valencia's government, and second award at the monument in glass for the year 2001 competition by The Japan Architect magazine in 1986; a sculpture-fountain at the Sant Martí square of Provençals; three monumental lamps and a door-sculpture at the Estació de França in Barcelona; a monumental sculpture for the Mendebaldea square in Pamplona; the sculpture-tower to the general Moragues and the sculpture-lintel for the Can Lluch park in Gavá, or the Obelisc at Coll Flavà, a steel tower 33 meters high for Sant Cugat's city council. He has been awarded the first price at the sculpture competition Porta de la Costa Brava in Blanes, and with a special mention by the Colegio de Arquitectos in Madrid and the Salvador Díaz gallery for his participation in the Puerta de Atocha events. His work also includes little sculptures, in bronze, stone, and marble. Roselló has designed as well sets for different events, like the plays Dansa de Mort by the company Mar i Cel and Èxit of El Tricicle, the television programs Tres i l'astròleg in TV3, or the theater show Gabinete Liberman by Els Joglars.

In Antonio Arnesto's words, Antoni Roselló's works opens easily to intelligence (Antoni Roselló. Pintura, escultura, monumentos y utensilios).
Antoni Roselló
Antoni Roselló