AIBA is Mikel Garate’s design office based in the Basque Country. Located in San Sebastian, north of Spain and next to France border. A multidisciplinar design studio working in the fields of product/industrial design and graphic design.

We operate across a wide range of areas creating works that span across disciplines of furniture, lighting, everyday objects, industrial design, corporate identity, graphic design, website, presentation, dossier…

We work for different companies solving specific design problems. Projects consist of analysis, concept-based thinking and generating a result. Our approach to design is characterized by a clear preoccupation for form and function. We often take inspiration in the tradition, ordinary situations, accidents, unsolved problems and translate them to simple, innovative solutions and beautiful results. Inspiration comes from many different impulses, and the solutions to our client’s challenges may include the innovation or the development of new results.

We obtain the knowledge from each stage of our work. Knowledge is one of the pillars of our studio and our work. Our ambition is to find new solutions to problems and to develop new things for the way we live our lives today.

Mikel Garate Uriarte, born in Donostia-San Sebastian in 1988 is design graduate from ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Bachelor of Arts by the University of Southampton (2006-2010). In 2010 he publishes a design blog focused on the process THE METHOD CASE. After working for a few design studios in 2013 he set uphis own design studio.


2006-2010. ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona
2006-2010. Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton
2009. TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
2010-2011. Oscar Díaz Studio. Internship (London)
2010. Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London (Glass course)
2010. The Method Case (Currently)
2011. ADI Medals (Finalist)
2011-2012. Kawamura-Ganjavian. Industrial Designer
2014-2015. Mhop. Design Manager
2014-2015. Ceramic course (Donostia Kultura)
2016. Project selected by Red emprendeverde of Fundación Biodiversidad of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and environment of Spain, in Ecoembes space at CONAMA
2016 ADI Cultura (Finalist)

Ota’s workshop in Ikeda (Japan).


We had the pleasure to work with clients from different professional fields, such as furniture design, culture, sport, gastronomy, architecture, among many others.

Mahou San Miguel, EIT Health, Kutxa Ekogune, San Telmo Museoa, Gerodan, Unen, Ecoembes, Muebles LUFE, Comercial Hostelera, The Method Case, Donostia 2016, Surfing the Street, Zurriola Abogados, Globernance, Casa Cámara, Gisme, Mhop, SIforAGE, Erviti, Asesoria Larrea, Fisioterapia Ane Iriondo.