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Marc Monzó, Jeweler

Marc Monzó has always been fascinated by all manner of small objects. It is no wonder then that he has ended up in the field of jewelry.

A taste for the precision required by small-scale labor and the creative play with materials are the foundations of a body of work marked by an attention to the process of designing and constructing the piece.

And it is undoubtedly the importance given to the research process, in terms of what is intangible, that has allowed him to discover new languages and create his own style, characterized by simplicity and geometry. A style that has managed to connect to a global audience, as evidenced by his frequent presence at exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world.

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Estela Guitart, Jeweler

Estela Guitart places her creations in the tension between beauty and function and the search for a balance between the two.

Her precious pieces can only find full expression when they fulfill their function: to beautify the body. Movement, balance, rhythm, form, repetitions, variations… subsequently unveiling their full potential.

Constant, painstaking research into traditional techniques such as Japanese lacquer and enamel has helped her to make color an additional component of beauty at the service of function.

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Noon Passama, Jeweler

Winner of several jewellery awards including the Herbert Hofmann Prize in Munich and the Emerging Artist Award for the US Art Jewellery Forum, Noon holds the title of Bachelor of Design, Cum Laude awarded by the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

For Noon, “making is the process of thinking”. In her Fluent collection for MISUI, she has worked with the idea of creating flowing liquid lines and given way to the unexpected when making design decisions as she prefers not to limit herself and feels comfortable working with a range of different materials in order to create the most elegant yet extreme pieces. Noon´s pieces are never designed with a specific audience in mind; those that wear her jewellery can be young or old, male or female, there are no limits.

Her work has been exhibited in many places such as the Netherlands, Thailand, the USA, Sweden and Spain and her pieces have formed part of international collections including the Stedelij Museum’s-Hertogenbosch, the Gioello Museum in Vicenza or the Stichting Françoise van den Bosch collection.

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Marta Boan, Jeweler

With a degree in Fine Arts (1995-2000), Marta Boan became a jeweler after sudying at Escola Massana (2003-2006). In 2015 se did a Master in Art and Design, where she reflected on the relationship of jewelry to art and design.

Since then, Marta has combined working as a teacher and running her own workshop where she invents and creates jewellery which has won her the Enjoia’t Prize in Barcelona (2007) and the 9th Triennial of Applied Arts in Tallinn (2009).

Marta is particularly interested in changing perceptions and enjoys recreating pieces in her own personal style than attempting new projects.

For Marta, creation is a free process for discovering things. From a question you find things that did not exist before. min. is a universe of minimum dimension pieces where Marta examines the boundaries of metal through patterns and repetitions. In her collection for MISUI, Marta has also utilised geometry and link repetitions to create symmetrical rhythms and discover both a familiar and new universe at the same time.

Being awarded various different scholarships has given Marta the opportunity to develop her work in many places including England, Estonia and Japan. Her work can be found exhibited in Europe and Japan.

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Norman Vilalta, Shoemaker

Born in Argentina yet based in Barcelona, Norman Vilalta was a late arrival when it came to discovering his true vocation, abandoning his career as a lawyer to travel to Florence, the cradle of art and leader in handcrafted shoes, where he learned the trade under the great masters.

His constant desire for perfection has led him to master each step of the artisan process, but without this constricting in any way his personal expression and style.

Convinced of the aesthetic harmony of classical models, he aims to provide them with his own personal touch without destroying their inherent perfection. In order to do this he has explored different approaches, including asymmetry, deconstruction, the pursuit of the beauty of imperfection or adapting traditional heritage to modern lifestyles and technical possibilities.

Excellently manufactured and with their own personality, each of his creations undoubtedly possesses a part of his spirit: the often invisible to the eye essence that creates true works of art.

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Cristina de Prada, Hat Designer

A lover of hats from an early age, Cristina de Prada has been dedicated to creating hats and headwear accessories for many years. The quality and originality of her designs have twice made her a finalist in the prestigious international Hat Designer of the Year competition and an obligatory benchmark in the world of hat production.

After half a century in which the hat had almost fallen into disuse, it has been enjoying a deserved renaissance in recent years at both a street and fashion parade level and Cristina de Prada’s creations are at the forefront of this trend.

Her bold, carefree designs are all about the joy of color and form and are far removed from fashion dictates in order to define the uniqueness of the wearer.

Each year on a spring Sunday she organizes Stroll with a Hat in Barcelona together with Nina Pawlowsky, a well-established popular event that attracts a large number of people wearing all manner of hats.

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Nina Pawlowsky, Hat and Costume Designer

With a BA in Set and Costume Design, Nina Pawlowsky discovered the world of hats through her work in the theatre under Fabià Puigserver. Since then she has dedicated herself to both costume design and the art of headwear, which she learned by working alongside important master hatmakers in London and New York.

Hats leaving her workshop can be seen in the streets, on stages or at major social events such as England’s Royal Ascot.

Enamored of her job and with admirably delicate hands that are able to convert static materials into movement, the renaissance of the hat owes her a great deal, an essential accessory of male and female clothing until the late 1930s, it then gradually disappeared until experiencing complete neglect in the 1960s.

Each year on a spring Sunday she organizes Stroll with a Hat in Barcelona together with Cristina de Prada, a well-established popular event attracting a large number of people wearing all manner of hats.