Architect and founder of Galactic Suite, Barcelona
Previously well-known as a jewellery designer, Xavier Claramunt (Igualada, Spain, 1965) is an entrepreneur who constantly surprises us in the fields of architecture as well as interior design and product design. Born in Igualada near Barcelona, he took off as aeronautical engineer but landed as unpredictable architect. Xavier Claramunt works in Barcelona with satellite offices in Hangzhou, China, and Mallorca. He is best known for his unconventional way of dealing with clients and for his shocking design proposals.
Working for an impressive array of clients ranging from Hospes, Hotusa through to Ferran Adrià, the world’s most innovative chef, Xavier Claramunt mainly focuses on consumer culture, economic dynamics and people’s needs in order to work towards a radical change in the role of the architect in Spain. He is a designer of buildings as well as a designer of experiences.
He has successfully entered the realm of hotel design, focusing on the experience to be enjoyed by the guest. As a visionary strategist, he is managing a project which seeks to put a space hotel into orbit. Construction has also been started on a large building from a forthcoming catalogue of prêt-à-porter architecture, with several more designs about to be added to the list.
Xavier Claramunt was awarded the Contract World Award 2007 for his hotel Chic&Basic Born (Barcelona). His work is constantly featured in Spanish and international media. Xavier Claramunt was a professor of Industrial Design at the Rubí Industrial Design School in Barcelona for 5 years. A frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences across the Iberian Peninsular, he has also been invited to the Seoul Digital Forum 2008 as a visionary speaker to talk about the privatisation of Space Exploration.
He always uses a red Pilot V-Sign, his way of highlighting every word, every drawing.