Manel Ybarguengoita was born in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied the arts as well as interior design. Later he became an architect and a member of the International Federation of Architects. He also has obtained degrees in mechanical engineering and has received a Masters in Industrial Design. Manel leads Elkarta Design, a design studio in Spain and the also teaches interior design at Elisava School in Barcelona. He has achieved many awards for his designs during his career and is a specialist in industrial design of lighting fixtures.