The exhibition DELTA AWARDS – 50 YEARS OF DESIGN was at the Palau Robert between Oct 2010 and September 2011. This was a truly wonderful show to curate – for the first time ever, some 150 pieces of Spanish industrial design, many of them on loan from private collections, were shown together in a major exhibition that covered the past five decades. With over 197.000 visitors, it was the most successful design exhibitions in Barcelona to date.
The project was commissioned by the Catalan Regional Government and the Industrial Design Association ADI-FAD.
The Spanish presence in Tokyo this year included Jaime Hayón‘s latest porcelain designs for Lladró, which (dis?)graced the boutique’s windows on Ginza. Around these and other presentations, a series of talks, rather stereotypically entitled spain-emotion, took place under the auspices of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, ICEX. Their centerpiece was the exhibition of the same name curated by Hector Serrano at the Spanish Embassy in Roppongi, showcasing the best of current Spanish design.
It was really great to see such a solid and well-represented Spanish presence in Japan. But my take on the best of Spanish design in Tokyo last week? The brash, wonderfully colourful appearance of our beloved Chupa-Chups, as shown in these pictures I took in Ginza: