Interior and industrial designer, studied at the Escuela Superior de Diseño Eina (Eina Superior School of Design and Art) in Barcelona.
In 1984 he started his professional career at the Estudio Lievore y Pensi. In 1990 he joined the company Asso¬ciate Designers and in 1994 set up his own studio in Barcelona, Estudi Arola.
He has undertaken design work in a wide variety of fields: projects in lighting for Santa & Cole, Metalarte, B&D or Viabizzuno, furniture for Dynamobel, Vilagrasa or ArtQuitect, perfume bottles for Armand Basi, Angel Schlesser, Mandarina Duck, Loewe and Custo; and also interior design that emphasize the restaurants Mos, Oven or Citrus, Cacao Sampaka’s shop, the Torres cellar and the new offices for La Caixa.
He is acknowledged as a very versatile and original designer both for his artistic side and for the inspiration he draws from ancestral cultures and he has standed out because of his particular vision of light, almost sculptural.
Among other prizes, like two Delta Design Awards, Arola won the Nacional Design Prize in 2003, awarded for “the maturity of a professional career that covers a wide spectrum, ranging from interior design to product design, displaying great consistency, originality and passion” (jury’s note).
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