Toni Cumella IAC member of honour


Jacques Kaufmann and Toni Cumella


IAC member of honour

Toni Cumella was selected as IAC member of Honour 2016. His diploma was given by Jacques Kaufmann the IAC president, during the awards ceremony in the cultural center CaixaForum on the 14th September 2016.

Toni Cumella (Barcelona, 1951) is a ceramist whose works have been integrated in buildings throughout the world by such notable architects as Enric Miralles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Renzo Piano and Jean Nouvel.

Many of his collaborations are synonymous with the image of Barcelona and are part of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Parc Güell, all built by the architect Antoni Gaudí. Son of the ceramicist Antoni Cumella, Toni studied industrial engineering at Barcelona University before dedicating himself entirely to ceramics in 1970. After the death of his father in 1985, Cumella redirected the focus of the studio Ceramica Cumella to the development of architectural projects and large-scale artworks. Between 1989 and 1992 the studio undertook its first two major architectural commissions: the restoration of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and Gaudi’s Parc Güell, which firmly established Ceramica Cumella as a centre of expertise in the field. 





Diplomas ceremony in the CaixaForum




The IAC was honored to have Toni Cumella for the opening session with Amanda Levete and Maximiliano Arrocet in order to debate on the theme of  “Ceramics in Architecture and Public Space”. This session was moderated by Claudi de José, president of Association of Catalan Ceramists and president of the organizing committee of the Congress.

The opening session : images and audio recording will be available soon on the congress archive web page.


Claudi de José and Toni Cumella during the opening session



Ceràmica Cumella Exhibition

On the occasion of the Congress the Disseny Hub Barcelona launched the exhibition, Ceràmica Cumella: modelant idees | spaning ideas. After Paris and London, this exhibition arrived in Barcelona. It is about the most important producer in contemporary architectural ceramics in Spain. 




– Photo copyright IAC office, Charlyne Kolly,
ictures cumella 1 to 16, member of honour and conference
– Photo copyright Salva F. Ayala,
ictures 17 to 21




The Congress Barcelona 2016 was held in the Disseny Hub Barcelona in September 2016

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