The designs of Juan and Paloma Garrido not only are influenced by crystalline structures from nature, but also the forceful and geometric gestures of contemporary architecture. The unique manner of incorporating new materials, with more avant-garde finishes and at the same time their expertise to integrate them with noble materials that have traditionally been used for historical silversmith work, achieve an excellent final result in both the design and the formal quality of their masterpieces. This original approach, has been tailored in their most recent creations for 2017 – 2018, which reflects the latest direction in the designs of Juan and Paloma Garrido, by drawing the viewer back to the origin of traditional silversmith techniques and introducing new intriguing colours and textures.
Juan and Paloma Garrido were born in Madrid on the 14th of June 1965 and the 28th of July 1968 respectively. Juan graduated from the Superior School of Marketing in Business Administration and studied the History of Silversmithing at the School of Art and Antiques of Madrid. Paloma graduated in Business Administration and in Economic Management studies. After graduating, both brother and sister participated in Spanish silversmithing courses in Madrid. Since their childhood, they have been drawn to silver but it was their father, the master Damian Garrido (1931-2002) who transmitted to them his love for his art and from here grew their desire to continue in their father’s footsteps and the tradition of silversmith workshops. In 1994 they represented Spain with their 1st designs in silver in the international exhibition organized by the European Academy of Science and Art, were they were named “top exhibitor” in the show. In the second half of the 90’s, demand for their designs increased notably throughout the world and they participated in several exhibitions in both public and private institutions in the United Kingdom, Morocco, the United States and Japan. In 1997, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid recognised the siblings with an honorary award for export. The same year, their works were displayed in the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid, an exhibition which also visited the National Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving in Marbella. In 2003, once again they exhibited in the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid. Since then, their pieces have been included in individual and collective exhibitions on the international contemporary and applied arts circuit and have been very well received in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. Today, their creations form part of the collections at the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid, the National Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving of Marbella and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Their works have been the object of many reports and editorials in the most prestigious art and design magazines.