The Dalia Cabinet is inspired in traditional iron forging, a method used with the purpose of protecting and decorating.
Condensing the strident and baroque of Mexican culture into one bare structure. A functional ornament where its design not only projects elegance and complexity, but allows for the appreciation of contents - a presentation of permeating voices from the objects placed within.
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.