Ona means “wave” a living form of nature
that has inspired many modernist architects
Ona is a lineal coat rack made out of wood whose design results from a formal juxtaposi-tion of waves and a sloping plane. Its almost sculptural ornamental value, professional re-nown and commercial success have afforded it emblematic status in the history of Spanish design.
Internationally renowned, it has won the ADI-FAD Delta Gold 1992 and the Gran Prix de la Critique du Meuble Contemporary 1999, and forms part of the Permanent Collection at Barcelona's Design Museum as well as the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Carles Riart & Montse Padrós
Carles Riart, Barcelona 1944
Carles Riart is impossible to pigeonhole as a designer. He's very interested in how furniture is actually built and, after training at the Escola Eina, he worked shoulder to shoulder with a cabinetmaker with whom he's also developed some of his pieces. Carles Riart could be defined more accurately as a “furniture maker” than a designer in the normal sense of the word. His work is based on constructive knowledge and on traditional skills, designing furniture that represents both tradition and modernity. Also of note is his facet as an interior designer, both for films and also for restaurants, offices, shops and private homes, with a distinctive style and personality that has created his own hallmark. In 1969, at the beginning of his career and together with the filmmaker Bigas Luna, he set up in Barcelona the interior design studio and store called Gris. Later on in 1974 he founded the studio and workshop Diputació, a precursor to self-producing promoters of design. Regarding the relationship between Mobles 114 and Carles Riart, in 1976 there was an exhibition of his furniture and a catalogue was published entitled “1st Collection of special furniture”; in 1992 Riart once again worked with Mobles 114 on the exhibition “<>, furniture collection by Carlos Riart Llop“ and his work was later shown on several occasions at other exhibitions, such as “Lost Objects”, 1996, and the series designed for Josep Carreras (1996-2000) in collaboration with Pepe Cortés. He has won awards from the Furniture Contemporary Resources Council (New York, 1983), the Top Ten European Prize (Cologne, 1994), Grand Prix de la Presse Internationale (Paris, 1994) and the National Design Award 2011, as well as numerous Delta Prizes, especially the Gold Delta for his ONA coat stand, designed together with Montse Padrós in 1992.
Montse Padrós, Badalona, 1952
Montse Padrós is an industrial and interior designer trained at Escola de Disseny Elisava and at Escola d'Arts i Oficis in Barcelona. After working for the architect's studio MBM Arquitectes (Martorell-Bohigas-Mackay), the Joaquim Prats studio and for AD Associate Designers, she has been working for herself since 1991. Montse Padrós sees design as observation and reflection, helping to amalgamate and order the needs of the product both in functional and formal terms, with form and function becoming an essential part of the product. Of note among her designs is the ONA coat stand, designed together with Carles Riart, which is produced by Mobles 114 and won the ADI_FAD Delta Gold in 1992.