Fernando Salas. 1950. Moved from Sevilla to Barcelona.
He begins his career as an apprentice in 1964 in the studio of Martorell, Bohigas and Mackay. His five year stay determines his future as a versatile designer.
At the early age of 24, the pioneering and prestigious Design magazine makes a special mention of his “Abanico" lamp (spanish fan), exhibited together with the Olivetti type-machine designed by the master Mario Bellini.
In the year 1989 he establishes in Palo Alto, an original industrial premise in the district of Poble Nou in Barcelona, where Pierre Roca promotes a reconversion of its original warehouses into studios and workshops occupied by creative professionals.
He decides to center mainly on interior design, where he begins to stand out for his work, with a style which achieves a powerful simplicity which emphasizes the quality of space.
He receives various prizes and recognitions throughout his professional career:
In 1975 he is selected for the ADI FAD prizes for his industrial design for lamp L3.
In 1976 he is selected for the ADI FAD prizes for his industrial design for handle Moderna.
In 1976 he is selected for the ADI FAD prizes for his industrial design for sofa Soledad.
In 1976he is selected for the ADI FAD prizes for his industrial design lamp Abanico.
In 1987 he is a finalist for the FAD prizes for his fashion shop for ZAS TWO.
In 1991 he is awarded the FAD Opinion prize for his Showroom for the fashion designer Roberto Verino.
In 1993 he receives an Honorable Mentionin Innovative Commercial Interior in the II Commercial Interior Design Prizes in the Basque Country.
In 1993 he is awarded the FAD prize in Interior Design for his Silver Sanz offices.
In 1996 he is awarded the FAD prize in Interior Design and the FAD Opinion prize for the shop Love Store.In 2004 the FAD selects his restaurantNaturalment.
In 2005 he is a FAD finalist FAD for the restaurant Formica for SergiArolainside Casa Decor.
He has been nominated three times for the National Design Prize.
He is author of the Hotel Gran Dominein Bilbao (2002), therestaurant and concert hall Calle 54 in Madrid (2003), the 11th floor of the Hotel Puerta de Américain Madrid (2005) and the IKEA restaurant in Vitoria (2005), projects executed together with Javier Mariscal.
His stool Freddy for Amat-3 is his comeback to product design. His chair Clip and Paquito armchair for Uno Design, the VIK series for Ziru and the GoodNews lamp for Cronek are his latest productions.
Amid other graphic work he has designed the poster for the comeback of the bull-fighter José Tomás in Barcelona and Mexico.
Throughout his professional career he has created spaces for clients such asArboraAusonia, Levis Strauss, Custo Barcelona, Roberto Verino, Daniel Hechter, Zas Two, Pans&Company, Pastafiore, Silken Hotels, Carré Furniture, Barcelona Activa, Vega Sicília and more.
Examples of housing projects complete his work as interior designer with works like the renovation of a family house in Olot, a house in the Montseny, a loft in Barcelona or a “masia” (old Catalan manor house) in Torelló among others.
Interested in teaching, he works as a teacher in the Design schools of Eina and Elisava in Barcelona and the Facultad de BellasArtes in Salamanca, is also an invited professor in the FacultéD’Aménagement in Montreal (Canadà) and the Bolivarian University of Medellín (Colombia). In 1992 he teaches the specialized course of Interior Architecture and Furniture in the Architecture School of Barcelona, ETSAB.
He has also been a spokesman in conferences at different institutions and schools at a national scale.
His recent works include projects such as the restaurant Dos Torres in Barcelona, the interior of the recently reopened theatre (café-concert hall) El Molino in Barceona (2010), the EspaiCarré showroom and the renovation of the wine cellars for the wine “Único” by Bodegas Vega Sicila (2011).