Antoni de Moragas i Gallissà

Antoni de Moragas Gallissà was born in Barcelona, where he, went on to study and work as an architect at a time when Spain was lagging behind other Western countries both intellectually and industrially. In 1949 he founded Club 49, a group interested in establishing links with the European and American avant-garde of the time.

Moragas's design style is a blend of functionality and Nordic features, inspired by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto with whom he had a close relationship in the 1950s. His architectural projects include the refurbishment of the Fémina, Arenas and Liceo cinemas, as well as several homes in Barcelona.

Moragas accepted the tenets of Rationalism, adding a personal warmth to the relationship between purpose and form. Today, his furniture pieces are considered design classics, designed for industrialised production, even though they were initially handcrafted in limited series.