Javier Mariscal

Javier Mariscal

Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia in 1950 and at an early age he developed an affinity for drawing comics. From 1967 to 1970 he began studying philosophy in Valencia and then continued studying graphic design in Barcelona.

While he first tried to work as a painter and draftsman of underground comics, he became known in 1979 with his logo Bar-Cel-Ona. In 1980 he realized the interior of the Duplex Bar in Valencia in collaboration with Fernando Salas and designed the corresponding Duplex Stool. In 1981 he was invited by Ettore Sottsass (https://www.nostraforma.com/en/designer/ettore-sottsass.html) to show his postmodern designs in the "International Style" exhibition of the Memphis Group in Milan. Mariscal presented the Hilton Trolley and the Colón table there. In 1987 he designed a solo exhibition for the Center Georges-Pompidou in Paris. In 1988 he was allowed to develop the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and created the popular figure Cobi. Thus Mariscal achieved widespread popularity. In 1989 Javier Mariscal founded his own multidisciplinary studio Estudio Mariscal in Barcelona, where he worked with established designers and architects and developed over the years a wide range of corporate identities and corporate designs.

The Spaniard's style is colorful and characterized by a comic style. Characteristic Mariscal designs are, for example, the carrying vase Olé or the Garriri chair with the likeable Mickey Mouse ears. The Alexandra chair for the italian furniture brand Moroso and the children's furniture from the Magis Me Too collection also bears Mariscal's typical design signature.