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Escofet Museum

Since its foundation, Escofet has designed many products which have become unforgettable in the course of time. Although they are not listed in our catalogue, their unique features have given them enduring value. We would like to remember them with a special space in this virtual museum, in constant expansion as new products are gradually included, a fitting testimony to our company's long history of achievements.

In the beginning
In the splendour of the Modernist period, ESCOFET's founder detected the need to link material quality and input by leading contemporary artists, painters and architects. This beautiful symbiosis between architecture and industry gave rise to materials and techniques that were ahead of their time, a mirror image of the evolution of the arts.
1886-1939
Interior tessellated tiling

The tessellated floor tiles produced in this period were a metaphoric materialization of rugs for homes in Barcelona's Ensanche district (see Can Millet tiles), in dynamic expansion at the time.

Escofet quickly became the leading floor tile manufacturer of its time thanks to its industrial-scale production of an utterly new type of paving, which gained widespread popularity on account of its obvious formal and functional potential.

More than 300 tessellated floor tiles are evidence of the evolution of styles, art trends and tastes over a long period of time, from the start of the Modern Movement, Modernism, Novocentism and Art Decó, which culminated in the simple high-tech designs of the 1930'a rationalist proposals.

One exceptional case stands out in this series of Escofet floor tiles: the product designed by Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 for the renovated Casa Batlló. This apple green hexagonal tile features a single relief pattern (see Panot Gaudí). Light is the only agent that makes this sea-inspired design visible.
1950 – 1970
Vibrazo or conquering the city

Following the Spanish Civil War, Escofet continued its primary focus on the production of tessellated floor tiles, although our technological research began in the 1920's. In the early 1950's, the result of this effort was a new new product, manufactured using a compacting technique: vibropressed or “vibrazo” concrete tiles with ideal properties for both indoor and outdoor paving. Escofet entered the realm of street paving back in 1916 with a product designed in collaboration with Barcelona City Council, and pedestrian paving tiles known as “panots” in a 20 x 20 cm format (see Barcelona Panot paving). However, the emergence of “vibrazo” marked Escofet's gradual, systematic incursion into major urban projects and collaboration with leading architects, firstly in Spain and soon afterwards on the world stage as well.

1970 – 2004
Architecture and street furniture

In 1968, Joan Miró (1893-1983) produced three major works that welcome visitors arriving in Barcelona by land, sea and air. Those arriving by sea are met by the Pla de la Boqueria pavement, inaugurated on 30 December 1976. In accordance with Miró's personal desire, the Miró pavement (Pla de l'Os) has not been protected as an untouchable museum piece.
Instead, it fulfils the purpose of every other pavement: to be walked on, used and restored when necessary.

In 1970, Escofet began to move into a new aspect of concrete-based products, also linked to the shaping of the city: streetscape architecture, in the form of compacted reinforced concrete for facade cladding (see Sagrada Familia project).

Toward the end of the 1970's, Escofet began yet another incursion into the design and production of street furniture. In 1979, Escofet's inaugural product in this field was a line of modular street furniture designed by Ramón Benedito and Josep Lluscà. In 1987, we manufactured a new collection in collaboration with several Barcelona-based architects including Jaume Bach and Gabi Mora, Óscar Tusquets (see Rampante Fence), Elías Torres and José A. Martínez Lapeña, Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñón.

From the outset, Escofet has risen to a succession of challenges presented by the city of Barcelona: the 1888 World Trade Fair, the 1929 World Trade Fair, the Olympic 1992 Games (see the Tram modular bench) and the 2004 Culture Forum have been turning points in Escofet's manufacturing and innovation capacity. Some of the products generated for these events are unforgettable.


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Valla Rampante
Oscar Tusquets , 1988
Mosaic Miró al Pla de l’Òs
Joan Miró , 1968
Vibrazo La Rambla. Barcelona
Adolf Florensa , 1968
Hydraulic mosaic
Santiago Marco , 1928
Hydraulic mosaics
Josep M. Pericas , 1926
Escofet old offices façade
Josep Pascó , 1921
Hydraulic mosaics Can Pahissa
José Rafols , 1916
Hydraulic mosaics
Rafael Masó , 1916
Hydraulic mosaic
Rafael Masó , 1916
Panot Barcelona
1916
Hydraulic mosaics
Josep M. Pericas , 1912
Hydraulic mosaic
1907
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Viñas
Bonaventura Bassegoda , 1907
Gaudí hydraulic relieve mosaic
Antoni Gaudí , 1906
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Rovira-Piera
J. Fabre i Oliver , 1904
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Viñas
Josep Pascó , 1904
Gaudí hydraulic mosaic mould
1904
Hydraulic mosaics
Lluís Domenech i Montaner , 1900
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Viñas
Lluís Domenech i Montaner , 1900
Hydraulic mosaic
Alexandre de Ríquer , 1900
Hydraulic mosaic
Martín Almiñana , 1900
Hydraulic mosaics Can Millet
Josep Puig i Cadafalch , 1900
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Coll i Regás
J. Fabre i Oliver , 1900
Hydraulic mosaics Casa Coll i Regás
Enric Moya , 1900
Hydraulic mosaics
Alexandre de Ríquer , 1900
Escofet-Tejera y Cia Poster
Alexandre de Ríquer , 1900


BAAS arquitectura
Jordi Badia (Barcelona, 1961) graduated in architecture from the ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture) in 1989. Founder and director of the BAAS architecture st...more
Emilio Tuñón
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Pinxo
PINXO is a dark red modular cast stone bench with a peg shape in which the two horizontal planes meet at the main centre of gravity. This is a sculpture with a two...more
Isi
ISI is a modular bench which, like a game or a dance, invites us to share numerous possibilities suggested by its forms and colours. Built from a ...more
Ful
FUL is a street light series with a conical section and variable curvature, providing considerable freedom to optimise their orientation and create a formal result...more
Axerquía Theatre
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Politécnico de Valencia
This project employs a large-sized lattice to shelter the main facade of the new building on the Valencia Polytechnic campus. The lattice contains 70 cm wide louvr...more
Vilablareix Urban Gardens
Vilablareix (Girona province) has planned for residential growth to the south of the old town centre. The characteristic productive landscape here is an mosaic of ...more

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