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Roselló Til, Antoni

Antoni Roselló, born in Barcelona in 1948, is, above all, an industrial designer, and his furniture forms part of the everyday environment in Catalonia. He is also an architectural technician and a renowned sculptor. Rosselló is one of the greatest representatives of urban design in Spain and is particularly known for his industrial designs for urban furniture. He has spent many years investigating the limits and connections between architecture, design and sculpture. Trained at the School of Architectural Technicians and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, he worked at the same time in the studio of the architect Manuel Baldrich, the Taller de Arquitectura and, between 1971 and 1973, in the studio Miró-Rodergas-Rousseau-Tineo. He collaborated for a time with the studio belonging to his brother, the architect Josep Roselló. In the mid-1980s, Roselló turned his attention to industrial design. The all-too-familiar lottery kiosk of the Spanish Organisation for the Blind (ONCE) and a ticket office for the Barcelona Trade Fair were his first ventures in this field. He has come up with a host of designs since then. Roselló also designed the sets for “Dansa de Mort” by Mar i Cel, “Éxit” by El Tricicle, the TV3 television series “Tres i l´astróleg” and the theatrical montage “Gabinete Liberman” by Els Joglars.

He has made numerous public sculptures, including one entitled “Boogie Woogie” indicating the garden entrance to the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus and the monumental sculpture on the promenade in Salou, which abstractly evokes a sailing ship and has, over time, become a photographic icon in the area. In 1996, he installed the monumental obelisk Coll Favá, measuring 33 metres, on the roundabout at the junction between the Northern Ring Road and Avenida de Francesc Macià in Sant Cugat del Vallès, the same town which is home to his Monument to Rafael Casanova. The sculpture “Puerta de Atocha” in Madrid and other works in Blanes, Sitges, etc. complete his sculptural oeuvre. In Navarre, he has a sculpture in the Plaza of Mendebaldea, Pamplona, and, more recently, installed a sculpture (2008) on the Highway of the Way of St James at the height of Villamayor de Monjardín.

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