Ten pieces of different materials challenge the laws of equilibrium. Making use of the same typology and different scales, the collection shows in each composition, the balance between the technique, the people and the ideas that inspire us. Each piece was produced using different traditional trades, craft techniques and Mexican industrial technologies that Joel has explored at different points in his career.
Working with clients in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Joel has positioned himself as one of the most influential designers on the Mexican scene due to his broad-spectrum projects: those that address an industrial need, propose an innovative solution and have had massive commercial success; and others with high conceptual content granting great artistic value. Balance is the conjunction of these two aspects of the designer's work.
Joel has managed to understand the state of the industry in the country and its dialogue with design thanks to its broad horizon and extensive experience, which have allowed him to experiment with different techniques and work with various workshops and industries in the country. Thus, Balance is a sample of the capacity of the Mexican industry as well as a portfolio of Joel's own work as a designer.
Balance refers to the diversity that can be generated in creation parting from the same concept: the pewter piece, for example, was produced in the vitrifying facilities of CINSA in Saltillo, Coahuila, where thousands of pots and pans are manufactured daily; The silver piece was made in the high precision and quality factory of TANE in Mexico City, where the raw material is silver law .99. The glass piece, on the other hand, is the result of the craftmanship blown glass, technique that is learned from generation to generation in NOUVEL Studio in the State of Mexico; from a simple sheet of copper, molded by hammering in the hands of the craftsman Napoleon in Michoacan, resulted the piece of such material; and some others were made in a workshop in Teotihuacan where obsidian, lava stone and other minerals were of great inspiration and usefulness for pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico.
Balance represents a creative high point in Joel's career as it is the result of a constant search for balance between the idea and the process, the comfort of the known and the uncertainty of the new, stability and constant movement.
“Given the constant questioning in the Mexican design scene, about the state of the industry and design in the country and its commented divorce, Escalona responds with this collection that is the perfect marriage between design and industries, in plural. Starting from digital models, Escalona generates a collection that abandons seriality and leaves its digital essence to return to the workshops, and transform into pieces of high aesthetic and conceptual content and that at the same time become a sample of the variety of techniques and materials that can be worked in the country.”
Ana Elena Mallet, Curator