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Tabu by Eugeni Quitllet for Alias


Tabu chair by Eugeni Quitllet for Alias was one of the breathtaking piece of last Milan Furniture fair, a perfect dynamic shape for a new chair’s DNA “TABU” uses the most advanced technology available: that of NATURE, and another: that of man …the Robot, To shape the gifts of the EARTH to meet the needs of man. To plant an organically modified seed to create a chair… Not so much a chair but a grain! A grain of the future. “To synthesize nature in order to naturalize industry” “To recover the sense of Authenticity, Beauty and Goodness” TABU is a metaphor of truth.” says the catalan designer.

Tabu Chair collection by Alias and  Eugeni Quitllet

Tabu comes in 5 different versions/generations from full back rest to occasional table. It is digitally carved in plain wood. With Tabu, Quitllet confirms his raising super star status. Born on 17th April 1972 in Ibiza. He graduated from ‘La Llotja’ art school in Barcelona. Through his creative vocabulary he exceeds simple relationships between function and style unveiling innovative objects.



Between drawing, sculpture and contemporary archaeology, Quittlet literally reveals silhouettes hidden in the material, extremely visual skeletal objects elegantly master fullness and emptiness often with a touch of humour: the Masters chair combines the 3 contours of legendary seats by Eames, Saarineen and Jacobsen, the K Ray lamp is an organic UFO, a network of veins hollowed out of the material which results in an object suspended in a frame, his signature method prevalent naturally in several of the designer’s projects: the Shine vases, the Light Air lamp, the 0’Clock lamp, without forgetting the O Ring watch, a hole in time in the true sense, best seller of the brand Fossil modernising watchmaking codes. A revelation of the contours and forms that he likes to summarize here again through a metaphor that plays with the suspension and murkiness to dispel: ‘Utopia is a mist from where feasible ideas emerge.’


From object to space, Eugeni Quitllet is a design world freak capable of devouring the whole of our environment in his own way to serve it up to us transformed. It is no surprise to learn then that his career began in the company of another freak: Philippe Starck. The only designer to have co-signed pieces with the French designer, Quitllet initiated with Starck what he calls a ‘cool-laboration’ in 2001 by descending on his house in Formentera. A flash of artistic brilliance that led to many projects for Kartell, Driade, Flos, Alias, Emeco, Xo, Magis, Dedon…



Eugeni Quitllet founded his studio in Barcelona in 2011. He has designed new fun and fluid tableware for Air France, the Shine vase collection for Kartell that combines precious crystal with visual economy and lastly the interior design of the Fromagerie de la Jeune Rue unveiled in Paris in spring 2014.