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Jon Gasca of STUA

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Jon Gasca and his father Jesus Gasca are the creative minds behind STUA, a 20-year-old design house based in Spain. I tracked Jon down in San Sebastian, Spain, and asked him about his new chair, STUA's lack of fuss, and what it's like working with dad.
 

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  Jon Gasca, right, and his father, Jesús, pose with the two-toned Nube chair, which won a Good Design Award in 1998.
    Jon Gasca, right, and his father, Jesús, pose with the two-toned Nube chair, which won a Good Design Award in 1998.
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  The Deneb table, designed in 1988, has an aluminum frame and teak slats.
    The Deneb table, designed in 1988, has an aluminum frame and teak slats.
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  LACLASICA, Jesus Gasca's latest design. "It looks like a simple chair," says Jon, "but it's so sophisticated. There are curves created with 3D plywood, and under the seat there's a glowing surface that keeps it all together. When you look at the chair you just see how beautiful it is."
    LACLASICA, Jesus Gasca's latest design. "It looks like a simple chair," says Jon, "but it's so sophisticated. There are curves created with 3D plywood, and under the seat there's a glowing surface that keeps it all together. When you look at the chair you just see how beautiful it is."
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  The Nube chair, designed by Jesús Gasca and Jon Gasca. "This armchair is like a communication between architecture and people," says Jon. "It's flat like our apartment's walls. But what is in contact with the body, is curved. Like the human body, its seat does not have flat surfaces."
    The Nube chair, designed by Jesús Gasca and Jon Gasca. "This armchair is like a communication between architecture and people," says Jon. "It's flat like our apartment's walls. But what is in contact with the body, is curved. Like the human body, its seat does not have flat surfaces."
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  "Eclipse is a nesting table set that is an example of how we like our products to be playful. Each user can make the layout he wants."
    "Eclipse is a nesting table set that is an example of how we like our products to be playful. Each user can make the layout he wants."
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  "This is the Gas chair, that had a huge impact when it launched in 2000. It's a light and recognizable design."
    "This is the Gas chair, that had a huge impact when it launched in 2000. It's a light and recognizable design."
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  "Gas chair has allowed us to be part of amazing projects, like the Acropolis Museum of Athens."
    "Gas chair has allowed us to be part of amazing projects, like the Acropolis Museum of Athens."
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  The Malena chair, by Jon Gasca. "This is an architect's office in Paris, an ancient convent, and I like the way the classic architecture complements the contemporary design," says the designer.
    The Malena chair, by Jon Gasca. "This is an architect's office in Paris, an ancient convent, and I like the way the classic architecture complements the contemporary design," says the designer.
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  The 2007 Onda barstool can be used indoors and out. The pliable rubber skin  "is an anti-slippery surface that holds you in the seat," says Gasca.
    The 2007 Onda barstool can be used indoors and out. The pliable rubber skin "is an anti-slippery surface that holds you in the seat," says Gasca.
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  Egoa, designed with Josep Mora, was the first chair STUA launched. "Mora is very keen on simple mechanisms," says Gasca. "That's why this chair moves, because the frame is like a huge spring. "
    Egoa, designed with Josep Mora, was the first chair STUA launched. "Mora is very keen on simple mechanisms," says Gasca. "That's why this chair moves, because the frame is like a huge spring. "
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  The 1994 Globus chair was selected for the new pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museu, designed by Santiago Calatrava. "This image was shot on the day of the biggest snow storm in 15 years," says Jon.
    The 1994 Globus chair was selected for the new pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museu, designed by Santiago Calatrava. "This image was shot on the day of the biggest snow storm in 15 years," says Jon.
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  Nube chairs, grouped around a formation of Eclipse tables, create a "clean and inviting atmosphere" inside STUA's Madrid showroom, says Jon.
    Nube chairs, grouped around a formation of Eclipse tables, create a "clean and inviting atmosphere" inside STUA's Madrid showroom, says Jon.

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