Liliana Ovalle is a London-based designer from Mexico who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006. Her work includes commissions and production pieces for MAXXI Museum, Nodus, AHEC Europe and Plusdesign Gallery amongst others.
Ovalle incorporates a wide range of materials and processes in her work paying special attention to handmade elements. Her objects reflect different narratives that often draw on her Mexican background, from referencing unrehearsed situations observed in the urban context to exploring vernacular craft techniques.
Her work has been selected for multiple exhibitions including Design Miami, Gallery Libby Sellers and Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Her pieces Sinkhole Vessels are part of the permanent collection at Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and her table Colour Me Red was recently acquired by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in France.
Along with her studio work, Liliana is Lecturer of Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins in London and Senior Research Fellow at the Interaction Research Studio at Northumbria University.
Museum’s Permanent Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – Fragment of a Staircase
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France – Colour Me Red
Museum of Arts and Design, New York – Sinkhole Vessels
Designer of the Year, Mexico Design Fair, Puerto Escondido 2021.
Traditional Craft Design Award by Beijing Design Week, 2019.
Talents à la Carte 2015, awarded by Maison & Objet, Paris, 2015.
Clara Porset Special Furniture Award, by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2008
British Council Talent Recognition, 2006
La Coleccion Jumex Grant, Mexico, 2005.