Álvaro Goula / Pablo Figuera
Pablo Figuera (Madrid 1988) and Álvaro Goula (Barcelona 1989) are design graduates from Elisava (Barcelona) and Bachelor of Arts by the University of Southampton. After working for a few design studios, in 2012 they set up Goula / Figuera.
Since then, their work has been in the middle point between conceptual and commercial design, where the industry values and the creativity converge and feed back each other. When designing, Pablo and Álvaro hold from the beginning to an undeniable principle: the obsessive care about the object’s shape, which expresses aesthetic values through its material, the respect for the fabrication process and, of course, usefulness. Their works expect to be elegant and easy to understand, but always running away from funny references and superficial decoration.
Since 2013 they combine their studio work with teaching at the university. Their career has been recognised with a number of awards and nominations amongst which are noteworthy the Design Plus (2012), the Lexus Design Award (2013), the 1st Critics’ Award Red Spanish Design Brands Association (2013) and the Injuve Award (2012).