It has been our great good fortune to work with San Francisco-based Javier Garcia on our Barcelona and Miami guides. Here he joins the ranks of those who have obligingly answered our questions.

What’s your favourite journey?
I recently ventured across the continent to several countries in Scandinavia, Spain and Germany. In each country I visited a place related to design such as Gustavsberg, Finn Juhl’s House, The Barcelona Pavilion (below) and the Bauhaus in Weimar. Can’t wait to be back and explore new places.

Tell us about your three favourite places.
México and California of course but my recent trip to Barcelona stole my heart. I just loved its culture, design scene, people and scenery. The city never stops, there’s always something to do and met the most fun people from all over the world. It was so strange and awesome to see so many people with different nationalities all speaking Spanish.

Where would you like to live?
I would move to Barcelona in a heartbeat.

Who are your design heroes?
So many to mention but my number one hero is Alvin Lustig. Other heroes include Jim Flora, Stanley Stubenberg, Alexander Girard, Paul Rand, etc. I draw a lot of inspiration not just from graphic designers but pottery, furniture and textile designers from the mid twentieth century specially the warmth and folky style of Scandinavian modernism from the likes of Stig Lindberg, Lisa Larson and Olle Eksell. I collect a lot of vintage pottery, wooden toys, textiles and furniture from that era and I love to sit and admire them as I design.(above: Paul Rand book cover; Stig Lindberg playing cards. Photos by Javier Garcia)

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
“You should be an architect, graphic designers don’t make any money” which is probably true but I am glad I do what I do.

And the worst advice you’ve ever given?
Eat these beans and you’ll thank me tomorrow.

Do you have a favourite motto or phrase?
Don’t try to be original just try to be good — Paul Rand quoting Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Published 22 July 2013

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