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March 18, 2011

BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design will debut at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC on April 2nd and will remain on view until May 15th. Thanks to BRAVOS, American audiences will be able to catch a glimpse of the latest works of twenty-one of the most talented and successful people working in Spain, including experimental pieces by young designers like Nacho Carbonell alongside works by more established figures such as Martín Azúa. Curated by design expert Juli Capella, the exhibition shows the remarkable diversity of styles and techniques emerging from Iberia. Have a look at some of our favorite works in the following slideshow.

<a href="http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/gallery/BRAVOS-groundbreaking-spanish-design.cfm">BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design</a> will be on view at the American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center April 4th through May 15th.
BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design will be on view at the American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center April 4th through May 15th.
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The Josephine M lamp by <a href="http://www.hayonstudio.com/home.php">Jaime Hayón</a> for Metalarte.
The Josephine M lamp by Jaime Hayón for Metalarte.
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A cool stool with a sense of humor designed by Ramón Úbeda with Otto Canalda for <a href="http://www.architonic.com/pmfam/abr/3101560/1">ABR</a>. A glossy lacquered version is available in 3 colors: red, white and black.
A cool stool with a sense of humor designed by Ramón Úbeda with Otto Canalda for ABR. A glossy lacquered version is available in 3 colors: red, white and black.
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The idea for <a href="http://www.lagranjadesign.com/">Lagranja Design</a> was born on a Pacific island in the summer of 2001. A year later in Barcelona, Gerard Sanmartí and Gabriele Schiavon started to develop ideas and to offer visions and solutions base
The idea for Lagranja Design was born on a Pacific island in the summer of 2001. A year later in Barcelona, Gerard Sanmartí and Gabriele Schiavon started to develop ideas and to offer visions and solutions based on a creative talent that moves effortlessly between design, architecture and temporary installations.
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Hand-sewn to imitate the style of coffee sacks, <i>Guerrilla</i> containers by Madrid-based <a href="http://www.stone-dsgns.com/indexeng.html">Stone Designs</a> are for friendly and peaceful use. Simple bags become fun, versatile pieces of furniture. They
Hand-sewn to imitate the style of coffee sacks, Guerrilla containers by Madrid-based Stone Designs are for friendly and peaceful use. Simple bags become fun, versatile pieces of furniture. They can serve as room dividers, as informal seating, or as small storage units.
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The modern and ergonomic "Flod" stool boasts a clever footrest and proves to be stylish and comfy. By <a href="http://www.gerardmoline.com/en">Azuamoline</a> (Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné) for <a href="http://www.mobles114.com/english/home.html">Mobles 1
The modern and ergonomic "Flod" stool boasts a clever footrest and proves to be stylish and comfy. By Azuamoline (Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné) for Mobles 114.
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Founded in 2002, creative team of <a href="http://www.culdesac.es/?local=en">CuldeSac</a>, led by Alberto Martinez and Pepe Garcia, is a creative space where professionals from distinct fields of expertise create, dialogue and exchange knowledge.
Founded in 2002, creative team of CuldeSac, led by Alberto Martinez and Pepe Garcia, is a creative space where professionals from distinct fields of expertise create, dialogue and exchange knowledge.
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<a href="http://www.emilianadesign.com/">Emiliana Design Studio</a>'s, Ana Mir and Emili Padrós. The design team works with product and package design as well as public installation spaces.
Emiliana Design Studio's, Ana Mir and Emili Padrós. The design team works with product and package design as well as public installation spaces.
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Juli Capella (the curator behind BRAVOS) was born in Barcelona in 1960. First, he wanted to be a missionary, than an inventor, but what he really would have liked to have been was a rock star. He started studying design, but then got sent off to study som
Juli Capella (the curator behind BRAVOS) was born in Barcelona in 1960. First, he wanted to be a missionary, than an inventor, but what he really would have liked to have been was a rock star. He started studying design, but then got sent off to study something "more serious," architecture. When he finished his courses he didn't get hired, so he devoted himself to putting on exhibitions and writing.
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The "Moare" lamp by Antoni Arola for Santa & Cole (2003).
The "Moare" lamp by Antoni Arola for Santa & Cole (2003).
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"Wrinkles Beauty" by Diego Ramos and Luis Eslava (2008).<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our </strong></em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dwell/id411793747?mt=8"><em><strong> FREE app from iTunes</strong></em></a><e
"Wrinkles Beauty" by Diego Ramos and Luis Eslava (2008).

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<a href="http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/gallery/BRAVOS-groundbreaking-spanish-design.cfm">BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design</a> will be on view at the American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center April 4th through May 15th.
BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design will be on view at the American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center April 4th through May 15th.

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