JOEL ESCALONA
Industrial Design Studio

ABOUT

Mexican Industrial Designer specialized in product design, interior design and creative direction within fashion, furniture, lifestyle and technology.

 

About

Pragmatic, humorous and poetic, are words that best describe Joel’s work. He believes in ideas that engage meaningfully, that push the limits of contemporary design, that have the ability of pulling people into the stories they shelter.

From everyday affordable products like faucets and pans, to extravagant furniture pieces and jewelry collections, every project represents well-informed creativity as well as products that people want.

Working with clients in Mexico, USA, Italy, France and Spain have led him to aim for a multidisciplinary agency able to provide tangible value to each project, while enjoying a full schematic view of the creative process in many levels and different contexts, enriching his studio's values.

His work has been exhibited in the mayor design capitals of the world, such as New York, Paris, Milan, and Mexico City. He was selected to take part in the ICFF Studio exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and was invited to represent South America Young Design at the Maison & Objet’s special exhibition Talents À La Carte in Paris, featured in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Di Milano several times, at ZONA MACO in Mexico City and the exclusive DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL, among several contemporary design exhibitions.

Escalona’s work has appeared in the most prestigious design publications and books worldwide, generating significant editorial value for his clients, projects and collaborators. 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 GQ’s extraordinary young people feature.

In addition to his core design business, Joel Escalona is a founding member of Cooperativa Panorámica a group of Mexican designers exploring new design territories, also he is creative director of the contemporary furniture brand NONO, teaches at CENTRO and ITESM two of the most important design universities in Mexico City and is a frequent guest lecturer at several design schools and events.

 Photo by Mariana Garcia

Photo by Mariana Garcia

 
 

Exhibitions

• 2018 | ammann//gallery presents BALANCE at DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL | Basel, Switzerland
• 2018 | CASTILLOS by Panorámica for Ángulo 0 at WIT Feria de Arte | Mexico
• 2018 | DALIA by BD Barcelona at Salone Internazionale del Mobile | Milano, Italy.
• 2018 | ammann//gallery presents BALANCE at Miart as part of Milan Art Week | Milano, Italy
• 2018 | CASTILLOS by Panorámica for Ángulo 0 at ZONA MACO | Mexico
• 2018 | BALANCE X ZONA MACO | Mexico
• 2017 | ARTE/SANO ÷ ARTISTAS 5.0 by Museo de Arte Popular | Mexico
• 2017 | Novena Bienal Nacional de Diseño | Mexico
• 2017 | Contemporary Mexican Design with a Vision for the Future | Switzerland
• 2017 | Milano in Messico Exhibition | Mexico.
• 2017 | Salone Internazionale del Mobile | Milano, Italy.
• 2016 | "Work in Progress" Exhibition – Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura | Mexico
• 2016 | "Silla Mexicana" Exhibition - Franz Mayer Museum | Mexico
• 2015 | Octava Bienal Nacional de Diseño | Mexico
• 2015 | Level: A new collection by Cooperativa Panorámica for Ángulo at ZONA MACO | Mexico
• 2015 | Expo CIHAC | Mexico
• 2015 | “Le Festival du Design” at Roche Bobois | France
• 2015 | TANE introduces designs by JOEL ESCALONA at ZONA MACO | Mexico
• 2015 | Kitchen & Bath Industry Show | USA
• 2015 | MONO by Panorámica | France
• 2014 | Expo CIHAC | Mexico
• 2013 | Dubai - Italian Luxury Interiors 2013 – Opinion Ciatti | Dubai
• 2013 | Materiality presentation by Panorámica - International Contemporary Furniture Fair | NY, US
• 2012 | Objeto Glocal. Mexico Design Week - Blend | Mexico
• 2012 | Beijing Design Fair | Beijing, China
• 2012 | Salone Internazionale del Mobile | Milano, Italy.
• 2011 | Sexta Bienal Nacional de Diseño 2011- Palacio de Bellas Artes | Mexico
• 2011 | Fábrica Mexicana. Diseño Industrial Contemporáneo - Museum of Modern Art | Mexico
• 2011 | Anudando historias, enlazando ideas - Franz Mayer Museum | Mexico
• 2011 | CANTERA: EXPOSICIÓN DE DISEÑO MEXICANO - CENTRO | Mexico
• 2011 | NUEVO DISEÑO México - Crear Hogar - El Palacio de Hierro | Mexico
• 2010 | Design Week’s exhibition “Arquitectura, Diseño y Espacio” - Museum of Modern Art | Mexico
• 2009 | Young South American design exhibition Talents À La Carte - Maison & Objet | Paris, France
• 2009 | ICFF Studio by Bernard Design’s exhibition - International Contemporary Furniture Fair | NY, US
• 2007 | National Design Award in Stainless Steel’s exhibition - Franz Mayer Museum | Mexico City
• 2007 | Whirlpool Mexico Design Award - SHAPE, Design Week Monterrey | Monterrey, Mexico

 
 

Awards

 
 

Lectures & Talks

 
 

• 2018 | Guest professor of UNIVERSIDAD MARISTA | Merida, Mexico
• 2018 | Guest professor of UDEM | Monterrey, Mexico
• 2017 — Today | Design professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey | México
2015 — Today | Design Professor at CENTRO University | Mexico
2015 | Guest professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara | México
2015 | Guest professor of Design and Product Development at CEDIM | Monterrey, Mexico
2014 | Business Design workshop in Design DECODE | Monterrey Mexico
• 2013 | Business Design workshop in Design DECODE | Monterrey Mexico
2012 | Architecture, Design and Art Institute – UACJ. | Chihuahua, Mexico
• 2011 | Facultad del Hábitat | Universidad Autónoma | San Luis Potosi, | Mexico
2011 | Tecnológico de Monterrey – Design Week | Leon Guanajuato, Mexico

Teaching

 
 

Book Features

 
 
 

Press Quotes

Forbes (web): 4 Diseñadores de mobiliario en México para Observar, Mexico 2016:                                              “El diseño mexicano se encuentra en una etapa de florecimiento. Ferias internacionales, convocatorias y nuevas plataformas han servido de espacio de exposición para que numerosos diseñadores puedan demostrar su talento y visión vanguardista. De entre ellos hay algunos que han destacado aún más por sus propuestas que rompen paradigmas y crean tendencia.“

 

Arts Illustrated (Volume 02, issue 06),  India, 2015, pag. 109                                                                                  “The Booleanos cabinet designed by Joel Escalona is an intriguing piece with an arquitectural curiosity […]“

 

Louis Vuitton’s City Guides, USA, pag. 218:                                                                                                               “Joel Escalona is an enterprising young entrepreneur who creates sleek and whimsical designer objects. His stackable Dancing Plates, Pogo Collection for kids and humorous USB Bomb have been big hits on the international marketplace.”

 

Samael Barrios, Código 06140: Especial de Diseño, Mexico:
“Su lenguaje, a primera vista, nos puede parecer alejado del imaginario nacional; sin embargo, su secreto está en la manera sutil en que traduce la tradición formal y la lleva a una estética global contemporánea. […] Escalona va camino a convertirse en un diseñador mexicano de exportación.”

 

Ricardo Mazatán, Layout: Joel Escalona portafolio — el diseño como oficio multidisciplinario, Mexico:                                                                                                                                                                                   “El trabajo de Joel Escalona llama la atención por su rigor en el tratamiento de sus formas y contornos. La abundancia de líneas rectas o circulares puras, que rara vez se mezclan en un mismo producto, proyecta una limpieza y una simplicidad que hacen a sus objetos apropiados para su gozo estético tanto como para su uso cotidiano.“

 

María Alcocer MM, Architectural Digest México: Sexta Edición de Iconos, Mexico, pp. 74, 76:
“Joel Escalona es un contemporáneo del diseño que cautiva miradas con sus creaciones. Fusiona en ellas un lenguaje global, moderno y por supuesto el sello Hecho en México […] El trabajo de Joel Escalona es crear escenarios innovadores plenos de poesía, atractivos colores y formas exquisitamente limpias.“

 

— ­Ximena Orozco, Código 06140: Diseñadores Iberoamericanos, Mexico:                                                             “Con un diseño de líneas limpias y simples, este objeto resume la personalidad creativa de este joven diseñador mexicano, donde el folclor es traducido a un lenguaje contemporáneo y global. […] Joel Escalona (1986) consigue una buena mezcla entre lenguaje global, contemporáneo y mexicano, con escenarios innovadores, colores brillantes y formas limpias.“

 

Boris Alexandrov, MD, Bulgaria, pp. 56-59:                                                                                                                       “A single look at Joel Escalona’s work is enough to find out playfulness is the leading motif. […] The young designer creates plain, practical and at the same time innovative products. They fascinate with dynamic forms, teasing interpretations and, of course, functionality.”

 

Muebles y Decoración, Mexico, pp. 22, 23, 24:                                                                                                              “[…] su trabajo es una combinación entre su entendimiento del “mainstream” del diseño, el folklore que lo rodea y teoría del diseño, siempre guiado por conceptos con discursos inteligentes.”

 

Gerardo León, El Universal: Ingenio con identidad, Mexico:                                                                                    “Joel Escalona hace uso de la tecnología para crear mobiliario sencillo y divertido, de formas inimaginables y sobrio colorido. […] En su trabajo, resaltan piezas de líneas sencillas, materiales simples y estructuras inusuales como sillas conformadas sólo por tubos que […] nos hacen pensar en los muebles de un siglo aún lejano.”

 

Wallpaper* Graduate Directory 2010. London.
“Even before he graduated Joel Escalona had his own studio and several industrial design projects in production with Mexican and North American manufacturers […]”

 
 
 

Clients

 
 
 
 

Projects

NONO | Creative and business director.

www.nono.mx

NONO is a Mexican design company and global retailer of extraordinary products.

From wonderful domestic pieces to functional workspace solutions, nono’s collection mix craft, engineering and high production values embracing design integrity with elegance and humor, for both commercial projects and residential use by offering interior fit-outs and one-off pieces.

Established in 2011 by Joel Escalona as a vehicle to distribute his own work. Today, nono frequently works with other professionals from the industry, particularly designers, architects and developers, leading to a process that often involves adapting it’s collection or even designing a new product from scratch and collaborating with the client to manufacture iconic, modern and honest products.

Joel Escalona is the creative director, managing the implementation of new products on the catalog and developing new markets by designing an evolving brand strategy.

Panorámica | Founding member

www.wearepanoramica.com

Cooperativa Panorámica is a group of six Mexican designers exploring new creative territories through specific exercises that interpret different perspectives and ideas. Focused on creating content, products and experiences, Panorámica uses design as a medium of expression and criticism in an inclusive and diverse way.

The Cooperative is integrated by Joel Escalona, Jorge Diego Etienne, Christian Vivanco, José de la O, Moisés Hernández e Ian Ortega, who individually work on cultural and commercial entrepreneurship, diffusion, academia, creative and industrial design consulting.

Panorámica develops projects that become means of expression but also encourage review and inclusion, designed to change situations but also to encourage conversation and enriching exchange of ideas. Panorámica looks to potentate dialogue, experimentation and collaborative exercise.