Mexican design is in a boom, and Joel Escalona is one of the people responsible for placing our country into the international scene.Thanks to our very talented professionals, Mexico City was announced as the World Design Capital 2018. It is the first city in Latin America to receive this distinction from the World Design Organization, and we couldnt be prouder.
Mexico City has demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for design. It is blending old and new in innovative health, communications, and security programs, a bike sharing program, urban gardens, as well as, parks and playgrounds. And its thanks to our talented and awarded designers, such as Joel Escalona, that this year we will serve as a model for other megacities around the world.
Born in Mexico City, Joel Escalona is a young entrepreneur who has captivated the international scene with his contemporary designs made of clean and simple lines. After graduating as an Industrial Designer he has created original furniture, home dcor, and accent pieces. He is a founding member of Cooperativa Panormica and creative director of the contemporary furniture brand Nono.
His cutting-edge creations with unusual structures are a clear projection of his playful and humorous personality.
His work has been exhibited in major design capitals of the world such as New York, Paris, Milan, and of course Mexico City. Among many awards, he recently won First Place in the IX National Design Biennial 2017 -one of the most prestigious awards in Mexico- with the piece Dalia for BD Barcelona.
As if this were not enough, his designs have been included in several exhibitions as well as retrospectives of Mexican design in locations such as the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico, the Franz Mayer Museum, and the National Palace of Fine Arts.
Escalonas work has also appeared in the most prestigious design publications and books worldwide, generating significant editorial value for his clients, projects, and collaborators. He was introduced as one of the new wave of young designers to watch for in the world by Wallpaper magazine, selected as one of the “50 Emergent Talents of the Americas” by Arquine magazine, and published in GQs extraordinary young people feature.
Congratulations Joel Escalona, we are all really proud of you!