BRANPUSSY, ARTE INSANO Y MANO DE SANTO
UNDERSTANDING DESIGN FESTIVAL
MAY 15-21 2017
On the occasion of the 2017 Festival Understanding Design, Barcelona based designer Guillermo Santomá led a design performance in his workshop. Eager to illustrate his creative vision, Santomá invited the public to his studio, in order to demonstrate his design process. The trained architect, represented by Side Gallery defines his work through material transformations, never pre-sketching or planning, the designer’s work is always spontaneous. Through the use old materials found in workshop, by dismantling old installations and improvising with unplanned material mixes, new and innovative applications are applied to his creations.
"He defines his work through material transformations, never pre-sketching or planning, the designer’s work is always spontaneous"
The studio performance exemplified the creation of a table, a lamp, and a chair made from polystyrene. Aided by volunteers, Santomà spray-painted the resin blocks to increase their flammability, then set them alight with a blowtorch. Having hollowed the pieces out, he then connected them with fire, and filled them with wet plaster and waited for them to dry, then dramatically set them on fire again, leaving bits of black dripping from the formations like ash covered stalactites. The Studio performance was accompanied by a trilogy of zines, created by Guillermo’s girlfriend Raquel Quevedo, Branpussy, Arte Insano Y Mano De Santo.