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We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest designer, Rosa Rubio of Los Objetos Decorativos
. Rosa designs sculptural objects with a thoughtful creativity untethered to a particular discipline and process. The results? Ceramics that are at once artful and functional. Here, Rosa gives us insight into her story and inspiration, alongside
a glimpse of her apartment/studio she shares with her boyfriend and adorable cat.
Tell us about yourself and your background. How and why did you start Los Objetos Decorativos?
I'm 33 years old, and I was born in Valencia. I studied Industrial Design, with a masters degree in furniture and lighting. After doing my interiors and product studies in Berlin, I moved to Barcelona, where I got a degree in expositive display systems and new formats. During this time, I worked in an art department for film and advertising, as well as graphic design and artist display in retail. Around 2016, I started Los Objetos Decorativos, a personal project aimed at combining set design and art direction. The project took off once I finished my studies.
During my studies, I wasn't very fond of product design. It had a very technical focus, and I was much more interested in furniture. But at that moment, I needed to create something, and objects seemed a more feasible way to start. The first pieces were just exercises and something that I did without much purpose. It's been a couple of years now that I decided to dedicate myself completely to it and turn it into my profession.
Can you walk us through your design process and what goes into making your pieces?
My creative process is not very disciplined. The methodology that I was taught during my training does not work. I cannot sit down and sketch drawings that later turn into pieces. It is more emotional. I usually retain forms, textures, or emotions in my imagination that I then work on, giving them form. The ideas come out and evolve, and I polish them until lhey reach what really works.
How did the design and concept for your seashell ceramics come about?
I used to be obsessed with things. Recently, my inspiration comes mostly from nature and from the "objectual" collective imagination. For a long time now, I really liked marine fossils like shells, corals, sponges...this is why I decided to create this new object or sculpture collection as a contemporary re-make of the kind of "souvenirs" that we saw or had at some point.
What inspired the beautiful range of colors?
Normally, I like to use the original colour of the material. I don't like to modify them, so I prefer the proper essence with its imperfections and alterations. For this reason, I used natural earth colours as a way to colour the plaster, the material with which I started the first tests and prototypes. Then these colours were adapted to ceramic pastes. The colour palette is marked by these earthy colours, such as terracotta, nude, ochre, or gray ash, although I have also included some other colours to break up the range.
Does travel inform your work? What is your favorite travel destination?
Yes, visiting other places and environments is usually quite inspiring when it comes to nourishing new artistic or aesthetic currents. Although sometimes, I also work to get out of my social circle and daily routine, so I feel more relaxed to think or resolve issues.
Any destination with beautiful beaches is always my preferred option, and if it is an island, even better! But, big cities also deeply attract me. I like to be inside these great structures created by human beings.
What or who has inspired you recently?
Recently, I became obsessed with minerals and fossils. Searching the internet, I found an American company that sells weird minerals, fossils, and meteors. It's incredible how wonderful they are, and to think they existed a long, long time ago. I just discovered polychrome jasper and lapis lazuli. Their colours drive me crazy. Nature always surprises me.
Also, the Spanish photographer Ana Cuba's work has inspired me a lot. Her use of light is completely perfect and motivates me to push myself further.
Being based in Barcelona, how does the city shape you and your work?
Well, I don't know if it's specifically Barcelona that shapes me and my work, but I feel quite inspired by and I identify with the Mediterranean style. It's intrinsic to me because it is where I was born, grew up, and live.
FUGGIAMO is Italian for "let's escape". In the spirit of escaping, what are your favorite ways to escape and unwind?
Ideally, the best way for escaping would be traveling or living (for a short time) somewhere. But when this is not possible, I quite like walking around the city, without any specific direction, just discovering unexpected shops or places. I also like sewing. When I have free time, I try to sew myself a garment. I then feel so happy when I wear it. I enjoy the whole process as it's stressless.
Do you have a mantra you live by?
My mantra is work and don't get lost on the way, which sometimes happens quite easily. Running your own brand is occasionally hard, but for me, the point of everything is to dedicate yourself to something that makes you happy, because it is what you'll spend your life doing.
What is your favorite:
Film? Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch
Dish to make for a dinner party? A seafood stew
What's next for you and LOD?
Continuing with new collections, there will be new pieces of brushes with methacrylate. Also, small sculptures to carry keys and new ceramic pieces. The textile or furniture part is always something I would like to get into. I hope at some point to be able to explore possible scenarios with these elements.
*images via Nacho G Riazo
Shop our selection of Los Objetos Decorativos here, and be sure to follow Rosa and her discerning feed on Instagram.