Tomàs Alonso

An international outlook and a background in master craftsmanship; these are Tomás Alonso’s core strengths. Italesse encountered great success in the discovery of this designer, producing one of his first pieces devised during his Master’s: Stamp, the first pocket cutlery set for indoor and outdoor environments; a new approach to the world of tableware.

Born in Vigo, Spain, Tomás Alonso has been travelling since the age of 19 to pursue his career as a designer. He has lived, studied and worked in the USA, Italy and Australia before moving to London to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art.

In 2006 he co-founded the design collective OKAYstudio with 5 other recent graduates from the RCA.

His work has been widely published and exhibited at the Design Museum, the Aram Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery in London, as well as other exhibitions in Italy, Spain, France, Canada, Japan... He has recently been included in the permanent collection in the London Design Museum.

Tomás designs with people in mind, “for me it’s essential that what I design eventually makes its way into people’s hands and people’s homes. I would like my objects to be used, lived with and enjoyed.” His choice to move into product and furniture design with a solid background in the automotive industry from which he started, resulted in an intelligent approach that uses simplicity of forms to communicate ideas and functions.

Simple elements are combined to form more complex structures providing people with the building blocks to create their own environments.


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