Barcelona native Manel Ybargüengoitia has been designing popular products for B.Lux since the 1990s, including the Eliana collection, the Julia and Julieta fixtures, and the avant-garde Helios pendants. The design visionary, educated in the arts, architecture and interior design, is a member of the International Federation of Architects. With a degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in industrial design, it’s no surprise he’s an award-winning industrial designer of lighting fixtures. Maintaining a vibrant presence on Spain’s design scene, he leads Elkarta Design and teaches interior design at the Elisava School in Barcelona.

His awards and honors are varied: included in the accolades are a FAD 88; an "Opinion 89" award for first prize by DIAC; nominations for several AEPD awards; and a number of nods to exhibit at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona (MACBA). He’s a popular lecturer throughout Spain and an organizing member of the ECIA jury. His products have been included in a variety of national and international publications, and the popular companies who manufacture products he’s designed include Grupo B.lux, whose fixtures Global Lighting brings to North America exclusively, and Hugo Boss.