ROGER FIGUERAS XUFRÉ
A hike through the mountains, a gesture from his son, a feeling… It is in the feelings that the spark is ignited, but it is in the long hours of dedication that the process is created. No inspiration is without effort; no project is without skill.
Arior designer at his workshop in Barcelona.
Arior’s designer is Roger Figueras i Xufré, a versatile and passionate person who enjoys what he does, and by extension, his life. His training encompasses diverse fields such as teaching, dance, yoga, basketball, engraving, painting, wax modelling and even 3D modelling. He is a great lover of Nature, of her imperfect beauty and her simply splendour. He lets himself be carried away without care and simply goes with the flow, as he would in a dance, while attempting to maintain concentration, which will give him the mental stillness that is essential in the creative process. That is to say, the act of designing itself.
This concept is something that he has completely integrated into his life. A hike through the mountains, a gesture from his son, a feeling… It is in the feelings that the spark is ignited, but it is in the long hours of dedication that the process is created. No inspiration is without effort; no project is without skill.
To design a piece of jewellery, the right stroke is not enough. A mastery of the technique to ensure the feasibility of the project is necessary, as well as the courage to take a risk with regard to being right or wrong about the final outcome.
The goal to be achieved is quite ambitious. Each and every one of the pieces is intended to stand as a piece of jewellery by itself— an artistic representation with an intrinsic value to it. It is a cataloguing that has nothing to do with the condition of the materials or the possible use of precious gems, pearls or diamonds. Simply put, the piece—whether stripped of ornament or not—is created to become a work of art.
It goes without saying that Roger is not the only one responsible for the creative process. The responsibility for the initial design rests on him, but there’s a team that works with him on every project. He has breathed new life into the company and brought a more participatory work system into it, inspiring a strong commitment from this work group which, over the years, has evolved into the current team and is the secret to the company’s success. This collaboration flows naturally thanks to the cohesiveness achieved by the group throughout the years. They have learned the value of teamwork and have found their own ways to grow on a personal level within the company, making the most of individual strengths to turn this ambitious common project into a reality. By applying the values of camaraderie inherent in team sports and promoting the fraternity inherent in a universal community, they have achieved a level of connection found only in the very best dance companies.
It is upon this solid foundation that they will continue to build the ARIOR brand as they have done so up until now: researching and experimenting with different materials and textures, playing with colours and shapes and enjoying the creative process that ends with the creation of pieces of jewellery of great beauty and the utmost quality.
Each piece of ARIOR jewellery has its own clearly recognisable identity. A unique personality that is the result of the combination of constant innovation and the traditions of an ancient art.