Spanish designer Tullio Tramazaygues was born in Switzerland to a French-Basque father and a Sardinian mother. His surname means "between waters" - a concept strongly reflected not only in his movements around the world, but also in the artistic vision that now drives him: a unique blend of the Costa Smeralda of his Italian childhood, the Costa Brava of his Spanish youth, and the California coast of his American maturity.
The waters that connect these places and cultures have informed his growth as an artist with a physical progression from one sea to the next. This is why, despite having such a geographically complex life history, he has a simple answer for those who ask about his origins and influences: "from the Mediterranean Sea" – evoking a name that meant, to the ancient Greeks, "the middle of the land." In parallel fashion, Tullio makes it his goal to search out and find the midpoint of any creative undertaking.
It's in this way that he achieves a subtle, harmonious balance of opposites: light and shadow; concavity and convexity; form and substance; technical and creative freedoms; aesthetics and functionality; materials and used media; architectural details and decoration; structure and nature.
This is his vision, Mediterranean-inspired, deployed between European and American waters, and always with the mark of good taste ensured by this quest for harmony.
Spanish national, Tullio Tramazaygues graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Barcelona in 1992, having studied art restoration, painting, sculpture, design and photography. From 1989 until the present, his career in art restoration has included work on the prestigious collections of both private owners and museums in Spain, where he has restored the paintings and sculptures of great masters such as Tiziano Veccelli, El Greco, P. Paul Rubens, Francisco de Goya, Salvador Dali and Picasso, providing him with many touchstones of inspiration for his own creations.
Since 1995, he has broadened the scope of his work to the restoration and decoration of Mediterranean villas in the northern regions of Spain and Italy. During this time, he also served as president of the Gerona, Spain design company Antiques l'Alguer, where he provided artistic consultation, as well as expert advice on art works, restoration, and the marketing and sale of antiques, paintings and sculptures created between the 11th and 14th centuries.
In 2007, he expanded his horizons by moving to the West Coast of the United States, where he founded the design corporation he still runs today. Barcelona Design provides a complete array of services, working with the architect and homeowner from the project's concept phase, through the design of interiors and personalized custom furniture and accessories; even importing antiques from Europe if a particular project style demands it. Tullio's attention to detail and his committment to the quality of final results are values he has cultivated throughout his professional career. As such, he often finds himself closely involved with their execution and finishing — going "hands on" — whether that means painting, woodcarving, the forging of iron, the embedding of semiprecious stones, or any other special finishing the project requires for success.