Perpetuum Mobile

Perpetuum Mobile

Perpetuum Mobile shows the lesser-known side of Enric Miralles as a furniture designer. While his architecture studio with Benedetta Tagliabue has dealt with numerous well documented interior projects, this is the first time that an exhibition will showcase a selection of the architect’s furniture and industrial. Across Miralles’ numerous domestic projects and public projects, the architect took care of every detail, from the interior design to its furniture, never intended for commercial reproduction. Perpetuum Mobile will showcase reproductions of furniture and objects developed mainly for the architect’s domestic projects, reproduced and displayed thanks to the support of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and AE Maderas.

Throughout Miralles’ creative process there is a constant intention to give life to his work, Perpetuum Mobile’s public exhibition brings into focus this attention of vitality and movement through the architects unique and playful approach towards furniture design. The exhibition includes over 20 pieces, among them the ‘Inestable’, ‘Dolmen’, ‘Troncs’ and ‘Tropical’ tables, the ‘Lelukaappi’ shelf inspired by the work of the architect Alvar Aalto, several chairs that were used in projects such as the Scottish Parliament or the headquarters of the Círculo de Lectores in Madrid, as well as lighting systems, designed by Enric yet only fabricated now for the first time. The structure of the exhibition wants to symbolically reproduce the private house of Miralles and Tagliabue. Perpetuum Mobile’s exhibition mirrors the domestic landscape of his own and includes visual material of the domestic landscape from which much of the architect’s industrial designs were born.

Perpetuum Mobile is part of the MIRALLES tribute made possible with the support of the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya through their Departments of Presidency, Culture and Territory and Sustainability, in collaboration with l’Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ETSAB), the Col·legi Arquitectos de Catalunya (COAC) and the architecture studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.



Benedetta Tagliabue
Joan Roig i Duran


Victoria Garriga
Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT Architects


Fundació Enric Miralles


Sara Manfredini Taube

Marta Llinás




Generalitat de Catalunya
Disseny Hub Barcelona
Museu del Disseny
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)


AE Maderas
Cosentino City
Palo Santo