Designers we love: Jordi Veciana for Parachilna
When Parachilna debuted its inaugural lighting collection at Milan Design Week in 2014, it featured the work of Jordi Veciana, alongside that of Jaime Hayón and Stephen Burks. Veciana designed Parachilna’s Alistair and B15 collections with his personal penchant for geometric forms and luxury finishes.
Spanish-born Veciana graduated from ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering in the mid-1980s with a degree in industrial design. He moved to New York, studying at Parsons School of Design and joining Vignelli Associates where he focused on a wide range of product and furniture design. He later worked for Ralph Lauren, designing furniture and interiors for the firm’s Home Divison.
In 1998, Veciana returned to Barcelona, becoming creative director for Grupo Inditex (part of Zara Group) and designing new retail-store concepts. He founded his own studio in 2001, specialising in lighting, product and interior design for prestigious Spanish and international brands. Veciana’s designs are characterised by their minimalist, elegant and simple geometric forms enriched with luxury materials, and his lighting for Parachilna continues in this vein.
The Alistair collection was Parachilna’s first family of lights with a table, floor and suspension lamp. The lights have slim golden matte or graphite electroplated-steel frames with softly rounded corners and are encircled with silky hand-blown opal-glass diffusers. Simultaneously classic and modern, the Alistair collection has a sense of lightness and transparency while providing a warm glow and atmosphere.
The B15 collection is an ode to the famous maxim “less is more.” The concept is simple – independent vertical and horizontal suspension lamps that can be hung alone, in series or in combination – and the effect is striking. The linear lighting fixtures have an aluminium structure finished in anodised graphite with an extruded transparent glass diffuser, and the horizontal and vertical lamps are each available in two sizes for mixing and matching.