Joan Gaspar was born in 1966 in Barcelona. He began to learn the craft of designing under the guidance of Lluís Porqueras. In those days, towards the end of the 80s, Lluis had a small factory producing lamps in the Poble Nou district of Barcelona. At that time, prior to the 92 Olympics, Poble Nou was still a hive of industry, where companies, both large and small, as well as tiny craft workshops thrived; that formed a very valuable framework for a capital city like Barcelona, which was also striving to become a design hub. His earliest efforts, mainly lamps, date from that period.
Today, he is a seasoned professional, but one who often thinks that his designs still retain the essence of those early years, given that he is still more interested in explaining how he has done things and showing how he has solved problems, rather than in the end result per se. That is not to say that the end result does not interest him -obviously it is very important - but, since the solution, about which everyone has their own opinion, is apparent, Joan feels that no one, other than its creator, can explain its hidden secrets knowledgeably and with passion.