My design filosophy:
In 2001, I was fortunate enough to hear a lecture by designer Eva Zeisel. She said:
“Things have a magic way of speaking, make sure your creation has something to say.”
These words describe the parameters in which I base my designs. In 2009, I started a furniture line with the idea to create pieces which would answer to the viewer's emotions as well as necessity. Each form only comes to life through the expressive shapes and active spaces around its volume. Only then can the object become a lamp, a chair, a cabinet.
The idea is to create a relationship between user and product.
With each new work, there is an idea development and a refinement process. The process is entirely dependent on the piece. The more sculptural the piece, additional sculpting is called for in order to explore and refine the piece.
My goal as a designer is not just to create pieces that people can share their lives with, but also to create pieces that share their lives with people.
Gaspar De Jesus was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He attended the San Ignacio De Loyola school for his primary education where he consistently exceeded in the arts including music, drawing and design related classes.
After graduating from high school, he was admitted to the Architecture School within the Universidad Central de Venezuela. During his three years as an architecture student, Gaspar discovered his passion for industrial design. He then transfered to the Instituto de Diseño de Caracas which specializes in Industrial Design. After his first year, Gaspar became the highest ranking student, with a 4.0 GPA. At this point, Gaspar transfered to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
During his tenure at Pratt, Gaspar once again became one of the highest ranking students in his class. In his junior year, his project "Drunken Cart" was the only under-graduate work chosen by the Industrial Design Department's faculty to represent Pratt’s best student work at the prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The following year, Gaspar’s work was once again chosen by the faculty to represent Pratt at ICFF; this time with his thesis project, "Madonna Chair."
In 2009, Gaspar started a furniture line represented by Jean De Merry in Los Angeles and Chicago. Two years later he went on to design a line of out door pieces for the same firm that was successfully received by the LA design community.
"Your work is not just beautiful but it is also unlike anything I have ever seen"
-Michael Boodro, chief editor of ELLE Decor magazine.
In July 2014 Gaspar was selected from hundreds of applicants by Ellen DeGeneres to be part of the first season of HGTV's Ellen's Design Challenge. The show aired from January to March 2015 with Gaspar remaining until the semifinal as one of the strongest contestants.
Following the success of the HGTV experience Gaspar developed the line "Industrial Chic," inspired by the diversity of design challenges he faced during the competition.
These days, Gaspar has been focusing on freelance design work and furniture pieces. With all of these new projects in the works, he is dedicated to bringing to his clients and the public an on-growing collection that represent his artistic view on design and his development as an artist.