Alvaro Uribe is an American born, Colombian raised and New York based designer. He graduated from Pratt Institute with honors, and soon after started his own boutique and design studio in the up-and-coming design center of Brooklyn. He quickly got worldwide attention with his iconic Plum Series 1, which paired high-tech materials with a sculptural and structural approach never used before. The innovative approach of the stool lead it to be featured in M. Night Shyamalan futuristic vision “After Earth”, featuring Will and Jaden Smith. Following the success of -Series 1-, Alvaro continued to expand by applying the principles into a three-legged stool, the Plum Series 2. -Series 2-, was immediately awarded the Red Dot Design Award, and attracted the eyes of luxury car manufacturer BMW, who used both Series 1 and 2 for the introduction of their BMW i8 Car in Beijing.
Today Uribe’s powerhouse studio works with worldwide brands such as Acme Studios, Corzo Tequila, Surface Magazine, Nambe, Nachtmann, Nicol, Savora and Tsunami Glassworks. Alvaro’s work has collected numerous recognized awards such as the Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Phyletische Museum in Germany, as well as published in some of the most prestigious magazines and books such as Architectural Digest, Bazaar, Design Indaba, Elle Decor, Interior Design, Luxuria, Surface Magazine, among others.
In addition to leading his own studio, Alvaro holds an Adjunct Professorship at Pratt Institue. Here, he is a vital part of Pratt’s vision to bring the traditional sculptural approach and digital modeling together. Through Pratt’s legendary principles of form and composition, and strategic design thinking, Alvaro helps form the new generation of bright designers.
Part of Alvaro’s influence in the design world has come in the form of sculptural experiments with materials. His Plum Series 1 came to reality in the search for new ways to bring composites, which are usually used for performance cars and military equipment, to a new form and typology that everyone could relate to. These experiments continue to influence Alvaro’s work in the mass market products and are now elegant sculptures that reflect this search.