Juli Capella Samper
Born in Barcelona on 24 September 1960.
He commenced a course in industrial design at the Massana School in Barcelona, which he gave up to study architecture. He graduated as an architect from the ETSAB (Barcelona Higher School of Architecture) in 1991.
He has worked continuously in design and architecture in the fields of creative graphic design, industrial design, interior design, architecture and town planning, as well as on theoretical aspects of all these disciplines.
He has been the president of the FAD (Promotion of the Decoratives Arts) since June 2001 from April 2005 and promoter of the Year of Design 2003.
He’s member of the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts (Catalonia Government) (since January 2009).
His architectural and town planning projects include the Pachá discotheque in Vila-seca, Tarragona; the promenade along La Pineda beach, also in Vila-seca; the Zig Zag shopping and entertainment centre in Murcia; the Heron City Barcelona entertainment centre; the hotels Omm and Diagonal Barcelona (Silken Hotels) both in Barcelona. Currently develops the architecture’s projects at Capella Garcia Arquitectura studio, founded in 2001 together with Miquel Garcia in Barcelona.
In 1984, he founded and edited the magazine De Diseño, the first specialist journal in this field in Spain. In 1988, he founded Ardi, a design and architecture magazine which he edited until 1994. From 1995 until 2000 he was in charge of the design section of the Italian magazine Domus.
He has written numerous articles on cultural affairs, usually in the fields of design and architecture for a number of Spanish and international publications. He has been a contributor to El País newspaper (since 1985); its supplements Babelia and EPS. To the newspaper Avui (fortnightly from 1984 to 1999). To the magazine Barcelona Metròpolis Mediterrània (from 1995 to 1999). Since 2000 he is writing articles for El Periódico de Catalunya newspaper (currently weekly).
BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
He has also written and co-written various books, such as Diseño de arquitectos en los 80 (Gustavo Gili, 1987); Nuevo Diseño Español (Gustavo Gili, 1991); Dictionnaire International des Arts Appliqués et du Design (Edition du Regard, 1996); Perché un libro su Enzo Mari (Federico Motta Editore, 1997); Diseño Industrial en España (MNCARS and Plaza y Janés, 1998); Arquitecturas Diminutas. Tiny Architecture (Edicions UPC, 2000); Oscar Tusquets Blanca. Encyclopaedia (Electa, 2003); Rafael Moneo diseñador (Santa & Cole and ETSAB, , 2003); Cocos, copias y coincidencias (Electa, 2003); 300% Spanish Design (Electa, 2005); Arquitexturas (Formica, 2005, 2006, 2008); Made in Spain. 101 Iconos del Diseño Español (Electa, 2008); Así nacen las cosas (Electa, 2010); Los objetos esenciales del diseño español (Lunwerg, 2010).
Honorific mention in the National Design Prizes, 2000.
Travel+Leisure Design Awards for the best in hotels, Omm Hotel. New York, 2005.
Hotel Omm. Award for the most Excellent Hotel for Design & Innovation. Condé Nast Awards Europa. London, 2005.
He has planned and curated numerous events and exhibitions such as the biennial La Primavera del Disseny (Design Spring) in Barcelona in 1992; the project Casa Barcelona for the Cultural Olympiad in Barcelona in 1992; the selection of the industrial design works for the Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona in 1995; the exhibition A la Castiglioni shown in Barcelona, Milan, New York and Tokyo in 1995; the exhibition Barcelona Design in the 20th Century: from Gaudí to the Olympic Games shown in Washington in 1997; the exhibition Vanity Case by Starck shown in Barcelona, Bilbao, Trento and Glasgow; the exhibition Diseño Industrial Español shown in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville; Oriol Bohigas, passió per la ciutat shown in Barcelona in 1999; Ingo Maurer, passion for light shown in Barcelona during the 2001 Design Spring event; Oscar Tusquets Blanca. El Laberinto: Arquitectura, diseño y arte shown in Madrid, Barcelona in 2003 and Sofia, Budapest in 2004, Cocos, copias y coincidencias, shown in Madrid in 2003, Barcelona in 2004 and Valencia in 2005, Spain loves Japan shown in Tokyo in 2005 or 300% Spanish Design made for the Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. (Shown in Saitama in 2005; In Lisbon and Athens in 2006; In Shanghai and Beijing in 2007; Fortaleza in 2008; Sao Paulo, Bogotá, San José de Costa Rica and México D.F. in 2009