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The conversation of 20th century Spanish design undoubtedly involves talking about André Ricard. Born in Barcelona in 1929, the author has designed objects present in our day-to-day lives, turning them into symbols of Western culture.

André Ricard studied at the Academy of Warnia Zaraszescka, a Polish artist who taught him in the famous Bauhaus tradition. Inspired by what he learned from Zaraszescka, in 1963 he began a fruitful collaboration with Puig fragrances, designing the packaging for their perfumes. Making original designs for the renown Spanish perfume company led to his recognition in the world of design. Accordingly, in 1992, he was offered the opportunity to design the torch for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, which became one of the highlights of his career. He went on to design the Olympic Museum s cauldron (1993) in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Hockey World Cup (2001).

André Ricard has also taught in Barcelona at various stages of his life, has often featured in the non-specialised press and is the author of several books reflecting on design. The author was founding president of ADI-FAD (Agrupación de Diseño del Fomento de Artes y Diseño), vice-president of International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and an honorary member of Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Jorge.

On the occasion of his 90th birthday, he designed the Petit Tatú lamp (1972) for Santa & Cole, a convenient wall lamp available in white and red.

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