Working with global brands such as Hay and collectible design galleries including the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Tomás has quietly built a reputation as one of the most exciting names on the design scene.

A winner of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award in 2015, the Spain-born designer had designed from his own design studio in East London since 2007 where he settled after a decade of study and professional practice in the USA, Australia and Italy.

“Designers rarely work in a bubble by themselves, isolated from everything else,” he told Kinfolk. “There is always an interaction between the designer and the manufacturer, which may at times be the person creating the design, but also with the person whom the product is for.”

Influenced by the charm of the pioneers of the Modern Movement, his work is precise and restrained. With a sharp focus on function, the very refined aesthetic qualities of his objects reveal the expressive potential of each specific material. Each of his work distills Tomás’ unique point of view, as well as that of the various craftsmen and innovators he collaborates with.

“The designer’s job is to shape things and give them a certain look that is a direct consequence of the input that we implement, but also the material which the object is made from, as well as the manufacturing,” he said. “I think all those things are inextricable from one another. As a designer, I am interested in understanding those processes and materials and in trying to push the boundaries.”

At Downtown Design he will speak about how collaboration, visibility and engagement are the fuel for emerging designers. 

View the full programme of talks and workshops here.