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Gabriel Lluelles, industrial designer

ON289 - FEB/2008

The exhibition Gabriel Lluelles, Industrial Designer, organised in January by the Adi-Fad, paid tribute to this Barcelona designer who, at 83, is viewed as one of the pioneers in the birth and consolidation of industrial design in post-war Spain. In this scenario, marked by a lack of materials and industrial machinery and the inexistence of an object culture, Lluelles designed a whole series of small electrical appliances. The pieces on display were loaned by the appliance collector and industrial designer Andrés Alfaro Hoffmann and by Barcelona’s Museu d’Arts Decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts), to which Lluelles gave part of his collection.

His trajectory as an industrial draughtsman began in the company Pimer (Pequeñas Industrias Mecánico-Eléctricas Reunidas) where he had the opportunity of designing the mythical hand blender Minipimer MR1 (1959), which became an icon of modernity in Spanish homes and was exported to over fifty countries. Without ever abandoning the field of electrical appliances, Lluelles worked as a design advisor for the companies Braun and Taurus, from where he retired in 1988 after having fulfilled his objectives: to create quality products with a new graphic image that could extend beyond the national market.

His fans, vacuum cleaners, squeezers, blenders, toasters, juicers or hairdryers, characterised by their functionality, have facilitated the domestic tasks of many generations and have won Lluelles various mentions such as the Gold Delta Award in 1961 for his Bipimer BP53 grinder-crusher.


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