Oscar Diaz studied design at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Bordeaux, in France, and after working for Matali Crasset in Paris, he enrolled in the Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art in London ( then under the direction of Ron Arad ) where he graduated in 2006.
He then worked briefly in Japan designing furniture, before returning to London to establish his own practice in 2007.
His work is not defined by a style, but rather by a way of understanding, exploring and questioning objects, while considering their context and the cultural associations embedded on them.
It is this attention to the context where an object will live, that allows him to work at both ends of the design spectrum. His commissions include limited edition pieces, made together with craftsmen and sold by galleries, to mass produced objects, developed in close collaboration with manufacturers in Europe and Asia.
Plain and playful, his objects take inspiration from the everyday things, which by a simple twist, become something unexpected.
While challenging assumptions, each project propose simple solutions that often involve a narrative aspect.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and amongst his clients are the Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK), Muji ( JP), Terra Plana ( UK), DOIY ( ES), Domestic ( F ), Worldwide Co ( UK) or Phillips de Pury & Company (UK/ US).
The studio approach is practical, hands-on, and collaborative. We understand design as an iterative process.
Self-initiated projects serve to experiment with materials and challenge processes that will find later on an application on commercial projects.
The studio doesn’t has a style, favorite material or formula, and consider design as a craft, where a deep understanding of materials, processes and users behavior make a knot.
We find inspiration on the everyday, and are influenced by consumerism, technology, video games, nature, supermarkets and TV screens,…amongst other things.