Joel’s passion has led him to found his own studio, focused on the daily role of design and creative direction. This has made him aim for an international and multidisciplinary design agency able to provide contemporary, strategic and technical details concerning product development. To achieve his vision, Joel has worked with several companies, industries and producers in many levels and different contexts.
His work is the result of a methodical projection of each procedure, enabling him to enjoy a full schematic view of the creative process, enriching his studio’s values and vision, which focus on the everyday applications of design. Such efforts have been awarded at the Premio Iconos by Conde Nast’s Architectural Digest and the 6° Bienal Nacional de Diseño (6th National Design Biennial) one of the most prestigious design awards in Mexico.
Born in Mexico City in 1986 and graduated in Industrial Design in 2009 from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco, his work has also been exhibited in the mayor design capitals of the world, such as New York, Paris, Milan and Mexico City. He was also selected to take part in the ICFF Studio exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and was invited to represent South America Young Design at the Maison & Objet’s special exhibition Talents À La Carte in Paris, also featured in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Di Milano, Mexico Design Week and the Beijing Design Fair.
Listed as one of the 200 best Mexican designers in the “De la creatividad a la Innovación – 200 Diseñadores Mexicanos”, Joel Escalona has been included in specialized books in China, London, Spain, Mexico and France, and has also been introduced as one of “the new wave of young designers to watch for in the world” by Wallpaper* magazine. Also selected as one of the “50 Emergent Talents of the Americas” by Arquine magazine and published in GQ’s extraordinary young people feature, his work has been displayed in leading magazines and publication covers, making him a Mexican contemporary designer who has nowadays become creative and business director of NONO design company, as well as co-founder and active member of Cooperativa Panorámica, a group of young Mexican designers exploring new design territories.