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Fabien Cappello


Fabien Cappello

Fabien Cappello (France, 1984) is a furniture and product designer. He studied at the University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2009 obtained a Master’s degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art of London under the tutelage of Martino Gamper and Jurgen Bey. Based in Mexico City from 2015 to 2020 he has now radicated to Guadalajara, Jalisco. Through his active design work but also through his published investigations on Mexican material culture, his design studio has become an influential reference for international contemporary design. His work is part of major international Museum’s permanent collections such as the SFMOMA in San Francisco California, The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado, and the National Centre for the Arts (CNAP) in Paris, France.

His body of work makes the design strategies of Fabien Cappello tangible: “My work is trying to propose a non-aspirational aesthetic, that relates to a new order of values” Cappello states. “It means using elements of vernacular culture, and material that are overlooked or little considered, but that are relevant solutions. It’s never about mimicking but about trying to make durable and culturally significant objects and places for people”.

The design studio he runs has been commissioned by Mexican clients such as the Material Art Fair or the Lago Algo Cultural Centre to develop temporary and permanent but also by international brands such as HEM with whom he collaborated on developing mass consumer products and accessories for the home. His work is also represented in Mexico by Ago Project, a design gallery and agency with whom he developed many of his major interior design projects and privately commissioned furniture.

In 2021, he launched a concept brand called -Objetos de hojalata para el hogar- (Tin goods for the home) utilizing a network of tin makers in downtown Guadalajara to produce re-designed common objects such as watering cans, buckets, and vases to generate additional economical incomes for makers that have a technique that appears completely overlooked by the industry today but still feel really relevant to our needs. “I find the scale of the hojalata industry really valid. A simple artifact is connected to huge systems that produce it. A simple watering can have implications on how we understand a defined trade but also can lead to question the role that manufacturing plays in the development of an area, of a city, of its identity” he says. The brand’s goods launched in Jasper Morrison Shop in London, UK, and are now retailed in Japan, Taiwan, Australia, the USA, etc.

Consola San Francisco Ventana Chair Mosaic Squared Table M Chair | Tropical Inox Edition Sillón Butaque Denver Bulky Daybed Offset Pattern Small California Pendant Lamp Florero 2 Custom Exterior Sconce | Model LL-36 Sconce @ Prefunction | Model LL-44 Mosaic coffee table (96) Candelabro 2 (Set of 2) Silla Tropical M Chair Silla Ranchera Ventana Chair (Pair) Ventana Pouf Camastro Tropical Sillón Cabina Sofá Bulky Individual Love-seat Bulky Sofá Bulky Familiar Diván Bulky Banco de hojalata 01 Banco de hojalata 02 Banco de hojalata 03 Banco de hojalata arcoiris – 01 Banco de hojalata arcoiris – 02 Banco de hojalata arcoiris – 03 Mesa Comedor Mosaico Redonda Mosaic Coffee table (81) Mosaic Board-game table Mosaic Dining table x 8 guests Mosaic Dining table x 8 guests Mosaic Dining Table x 10 guests Consola Paris Lámpara Perforada Lámpara Constelación Lámpara Comedor Lámpara Chiquita 1 Lámpara Chiquita 2 Lámpara Chiquita 3 Lanterna de vidrio 1 Lanterna de vidrio 2 Lanterna de vidrio 2  (Small) Lanterna de vidrio 2 (Small & Double) Lámpara 1 Lámpara 2 Lámpara 3 Lámpara 4 Lámpara 5 Lámpara 6 Lámpara 7 Lámpara 8 Lámpara 9 Lámpara 10 Lámpara 11 Lámpara 12 Lámpara 14 Toni A – Glass Desk Lamp Toni B – Glass Desk Lamp Toni C – Glass Desk Lamp Toni D – Glass Desk Lamp California Pendant Lamp Chandelier Condesa Silla Lámpara Merced Lámpara de frutas de bronce Lámpara de mesa hongo Lampara de pie hongo Lampara de hojalata de mesa botella Lámpara de mesa de hojalata Lámpara de hojalata de pie Australia Lámpara Perfil Maceta 1 Maceta 2 Maceta 3 Maceta 4 Maceta 5 Maceta 6 Maceta 7 Maceta 8 Maceta 9 Maceta 10 Maceta 11 Maceta Copa Maceta A Maceta B Maceta C Maceta D Maceta E Maceta F Maceta G Maceta H Maceta I Avocado Plate Avocado Candlestick Pomegranate Candelstick Banana Candelstick Mosaic Coffee table (78) Candelabro Alu (Sold as set of 3)