“My specialty is being creative, innovative, making language go as far as possible, trying to develop codes, signs, and graphic messages. Bringing them up to date. Listening, absorbing, observing, expressing what society is breathing in images.
Mariscal Store is a personal initiative to share my work with the public. To share a love affair with drawing using all kinds of supports and disciplines.
You can find the 70’s poster design for the city of Barcelona as a pictogram of the words bar (‘bar’)/cel (‘cel’)/ona (‘wave’). My first piece of furniture, the brightly colored, asymmetrical 1980 Duplex bar stool. Which came to the attention of Ettore Sottsass and triggered the Hilton tea cart produced by Memphis. Pop-art canine-featured comic strip character called ‘Garriris’ which are turned into objects.
The quasi-ethnic carpets for Nani Marquina, bold primary-colored Klee/Morris type textile patterns, Kandisnskii-like ceramics, and illustrations of a NY landscape surrounding a ceramic vase."
The maverick Spanish designer Javier Mariscal - famous the world over for Cobi, the cartoon dog who became the official mascot of the Barcelona Olympics. Described as "kooky" and "colorful", Mariscal is perversely versatile: a pioneering furniture designer, artist, photographer, and graphic designer who also worked on corporate identities.
Mariscal has exhibited at Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, and participates in the Kassel Documentary, to which several retrospectives and up like: Mariscal Drawing Life in the London Design Museum, Mariscal en La Pedrera, or The Art Player in Korea. Illustrations and comics strips invade covers and pages in the New Yorker, El Pais, and the Japanese magazine Apo.
His trips to California, Japan, Paris, or Portugal decisively influence his drawings. He works with designers, engineers, and architects such as Arata Isozaki and with companies like Memphis, Akaba, Bidasoa, BD Ediciones de Diseño, Moroso, Alessi, Phaidon, The Conran Shop, Framestore, Nemo Casina, Artemide, Nani Marquina, Magis, Camper, Louis Vuitton.
Mariscal wins the "Premio Nacional de Diseño" in 1999 and a Goya Award for “Chico & Rita” the animated film alongside Fernando Trueba. For which they are also nominated to the Oscars for Best Animated Picture. In 2006 he was invested by an honorary member of the Royal Design Industry.
“The nearest thing to Walt Disney form the counterculture”
Director of the Design Museum, London