Javier Mariscal (Valencia, February 9, 1950) is a Spanish designer whose activity is linked to a wide range of disciplines within design. He was born into a large family in the darkest days of the Spanish post-war era. The Mediterranean, the lagoon, the light, the friendships, the bars, the streets and the joy of living have irrevocably marked his professional and personal career.
In 1979 he designed the Bar Cel Ona logo, a work That brings you popularity. The following year, he opened in Valencia the first bar signed by Mariscal, along with Fernando Salas, the Dúplex, for which he designed one of his most famous pieces, the Dúplex stool, a true icon of the eighties. In 1981, his work as a furniture designer led him to participate in the "Memphis, an International Style" exhibition in Milan. In 1987, he exhibited at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and participated in Documenta in Kassel.
In 1989 Cobi was chosen as the mascot for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. The mascot was greeted with great controversy due to its disruptive image , although time proved its creator right and now Cobi is recognized as the most profitable in the history of modern Games. Later would come the animated series The Cobi Troupe. he creates Estudio Mariscal in 1989. Among his most outstanding works are the visual identities for the Swedish socialist party, Socialdemokraterna; Spanish radio Onda Cero; the Barcelona Zoo; the University of Valencia; the Lighthouse design and architecture center in Glasgow, the GranShip cultural center (Japan) or the London post-production company Framestore.
Valencian by birth and Barcelonan by adoption, Javier Mariscal is a Spanish designer who develops his trade in all types of supports and disciplines. In 1989, he founded Estudio Mariscal. He is also known for having created the dog Cobi, mascot of the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games.