Habitat Valencia Fair 2022 will dedicate a monographic exhibition to the historic designer Vicent Martínez
The exhibition ‘Vicent Martínez, a continuous present. The memory, the recent and the unpublished’ will be located on the 3rd floor of Feira Valencia during the celebration of Habitat and will tour the milestones of the work of the co-founder of Punt Mobles and creator of the iconic bookcase of Literature.
Habitat Valencia Fair will dedicate, at its next appointment from September 20 to 23 at Valencia Fair, an exhibition to the designer Vicent Martínez in a show that will be curated by C. Rafael Martínez-Martínez, historian of art and design, as well as editor of the magazine of the Arxiu Valencià del Disseny.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Vicent Martínez, a continuous present. Memory, the recent and the unpublished’, intends to investigate some of the milestones in the career as a product designer of the co-founder of Punt Mobles, the first Valencian company to receive the National Design Award in 1997.
For this, three large blocks were established that, in turn, will make up most of the exhibition:
- Memory: This section, which runs chronologically from 1982 to 1997, covers table designs such as Halley, Anaconda or Màgic (all for Punt Mobles); shelves such as La Torre de… (Group T), the Montjüic armchair (Arflex Martínez Medina), or La Literatura, one of the great classics in the history of Spanish design.
- The recent: This other section covers the period between 2012 and 2022. It includes, among other works, the redesign of La Literatura in 2014 (La Literatura Open, for Punt Mobles), the lounge chair with footrest from the «Weave» collection for Point, the Isa chair and the Libris tables (Capdell) or the Ilius sofa (for Ofifran). Also included is the work that Vicent Martínez has done recently around the fan, an object that refers to the origins of his family: the Senzu fan (for Mad Lab) and the exhibition ‘Diseñar el Aire’ (Museum of Ceramics and Arts Sumptuary González Martí de Valencia), curated by Vicent Martínez.
- Unpublished: This last section will reveal some of the designs, creations and projects that Vicent Martínez has been working on lately.
In their eagerness to continue promoting the practice of design, Vicent Martínez and C. Rafael Martínez-Martínez entrusted the design of the show to Cosín Estudio. In turn, the graphic design will be carried out by another Valencian studio: Gimeno Gràfic.
Pioneer of Valencian design
Vincent Martínez (Burjassot, 1949) is a designer. In 1980, with fellow designer Lola Castelló, he founded the company Punt Mobles. This company was awarded in 1997 with the National Design Award. At Punt Mobles, they published, among others, projects by professionals such as Vicente Blasco, Bañó Asociados, Manuel Lecuona, Rafael Moneo, Carme Pinós, Pedro Miralles, Jorge Pensi or Terence Woodgate, along with those by Lola Castelló and Vicent Martínez; Currently, Vicent Martínez combines his work as an independent designer with his activity to promote design in different institutional, social and educational spheres.