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art:i:curate network // meet José Manuel Ferrero

art:i:curate network // meet José Manuel Ferrero
Jose Manuel Ferrero, art:i:curate member in Valencia.

Every week people from the art:i:curate network talk to us about what inspires them, what they collect, and more. Valencia-based designer, José Manuel Ferrero is a traveller who has suprised us with a large photographic archive of...his feet. 



City: Valencia

Profession: Designer and creative director at estudi{H}ac

Secret profession or as a kid I wanted to be: Architect and explorer of magical worlds


AIC: How would you describe your own personal aesthetic?

JMF: Elegant with a twist of fun and honesty.


AIC: How would your friends describe your personality?

JMF: Emotional, thoughtful - restless explorer and observer.


AIC: What inspires you?

JMF: Trips that are filled with life experiences. I love opening my eyes to new cultures, discovering new textures, smells, music... and meeting enriching people. I'm always on the move and I believe that makes my perception more vital and responsive to detail.


AIC: Who's your hero?

JMF: Mr. Phileas Fogg is the figure who most influenced me - he is also my childhood hero. For me he represents discretion and poise with a spark of madness, like all good English gentleman. His British style and his passion for adventure always attracted me. I'm inspired by Mr Fogg's passion for challenges that I apply in my personal world as a designer.


AIC: Do you consider yourself a collector? If so, what do you collect?

JMF: I collect the letter "H", in every shape and form. During my travels I always find an "H" in shops, markets or elsewhere - the premise being: it has to fit in my suitcase.


AIC: What's your most precious possession?

JMF: My dwarf dachshund named Puma and my large archive of photographs of my feet in each place I travel to, whether it's for business or pleasure.


AIC: What does the term curating mean to you?

JMF: The opportunity and ability to create an unpublished selection of creators.


AIC: If you could curate an exhibition, what would it be about?

JMF: A mix of design, art, gastronomy, and photography.


AIC: How did you discover art:i:curate?

JMF: Through 'Paul Smith's World'.


AIC: How do you usually experience art?

JMF: I always look for new galleries to discover new artists.

When I go visit them I take my son Paul with me to cultivate his passion for art and design.


AIC: Tell me something about yourself - anything.

JMF: My passion for the world of design and art has become my lifestyle. Each new every day experience becomes part of my concepts and ideas to create new projects.



Connect with José and see what art and design he likes.

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