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



Projects that tell stories, a phrase that  best describes the work of Joel Escalona. As one of the most prolific and multidisciplinary designers of his generation, Joel has worked on a set of projects ranging from product design, furniture and jewelry, to consulting, creative direction and collectible design pieces for galleries. Joel's work translates to much more than just an extensive portfolio: it’s the materialization of understanding and mastering the materials, processes and the culture that surrounds him, resulting in transdisciplinary projects with a relevant discourse, a reflection of himself.

Working with clients in Mexico, the United States, Europe and Asia, has provided him with a global vision that permeates each of the projects involving him. Whether it is a set of pots that are mass-produced for sale in a supermarket or collectible design pieces that are exhibited in galleries, Joel generates tangible value for each of these projects through the domain in execution and narrative that surrounds them .

Joel's work has been exhibited in the most important design capitals of the world: Milan, New York, Paris, Switzerland, and Mexico City. He has participated in the most relevant events in the design world, such as the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano on several occasions, ICFF Studio at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and was invited to act as representative of Latin American design in the special exhibition Talents à la Carte by Maison & Objet in Paris. He has also been present in renowned contemporary art and design fairs, such as ZONAMACO in Mexico City and DESIGN MIAMI / BASEL in Switzerland.

Named as "one of the new wave of young designers to watch for in the world" by Wallpaper * Magazine, as well as the publication of his work in Dezeen, Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Digest and GQ, Joel creates editorial value for each of the projects, clients and collaborators with whom he works.

In addition to his design studio, Joel Escalona is a founding member of Cooperativa Panorámica, a group of Mexican designers who explore new design territories, he is also the creative director of the contemporary furniture brand NONO, hi is part of the editorial board of Architectural Digest México and teaches at CENTRO and at ITESM, the most recognized private universities in design in Mexico City.

Photo by Mariana Garcia

Photo by Mariana Garcia



• 2019 | LAWS OF MOTION at WIT Feria de Arte | Mexico
• 2019 | BALANCE & CANOTIER at Salone Internazionale del Mobile | Milano, Italy
• 2019 | LAWS OF MOTION X ZONA MACO | Mexico
• 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 | 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




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



Book Features


Press Quotes

"Joel Escalona's creativity has taken him beyond the limits of industrial design and the demands of each project - many of them with international firms - has led him to form a new design philosophy: suitable balance between his creative self and his business facet. "  AD (Abril, 2018)


“"Under the premise of challenging the limits of contemporaneous, at his young age, Joel has created iconic pieces that stand out on the international scene. From everyday objects to extravagant furniture, in each project he captures his infinite creativity and a complex understanding of form. " AD (February, 2018)


"As a young entrepreneur and visionary, Joel has managed to understand the state of the industry in Mexico and its dialogue with design, placing his brand in high levels of national and international awards and recognitions, hand in hand with publications of great exposure within the industry, generating creative strategies focused on a global market , understanding the trends that arise, their role around the world and the large companies already established. " NEW GENTLEMAN (April, 2018)


"Escalona’s pieces always have 'layers'; there is a lot of information in each object. And yet what counts is its functionality. " Houzz.es (May, 2018)


"His studio develops design projects in which Joel projects his schematic vision of the creative process at many levels and in different contexts. From affordable products like faucets and pans, to extravagant pieces of furniture and jewelry collections, each project represents well-informed creativity in functional products that are successfully sold. " Equestrian, El Economista (March, 2018)

"For Joel, bringing the conversation about design to the a " macro " level, impact in decisive times such as Mexico’s momentum  [...] is fundamental, to claim design as a discipline capable of solving socio-economic problems. [...] For him, to redefine the role of the designer does not remain in a socio-economic talk; this also redirects the identity of the national design. " Vanity Fair (April, 2018)


"Mexican design is in a flourishing stage. International fairs, convocations and new platforms have served as an exhibition space for numerous designers to demonstrate their avant-garde talent and vision. Among them are some who have stood out even more for their proposals that break paradigms and create a trend" Forbes 201


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