A refurbishment of a residential interior design of a 200m2 apartment in Sarrià, one of Barcelona’s more upscale neighborhoods.
An inspiration was my journey to Japan, so the minimal but rich in details whole concept of the interior is looking for to remember the classical and ancient houses of the Edo period. Deriving a delicate and sophisticated design together with a classic touch and a contemporary glance.
A combination of noble materials such as: walnut wood, lacquered wood, marble, brass and silk custom design rugs. Custom design furniture and a selection of design furniture together with a combination of selected fabrics giving a cozy and sophisticated look.
Also it was important the selection of iconic design furniture and lamps. Looking for an interesting mix between classic designs such as Achile Castiglione, Eero Sarinnen, and Gio Ponti and contemporary designs of Neri&Hu, Michael Anastassiades, Antoni Arola, Norm Architects and Sputnik Estudio.
This was a complete redesign of a 170m2 apartment in the charming neighborhood of Les Corts. Looking out onto a magnificent urban skyline, this 8th floor apartment faces Montjuïc, one of the cities 2 major hills, and the sea. Connecting the interior with the exterior (the outside with the inside) was a top priority which was addressed by the use of a floor to ceiling sliding window and dual purpose step/bench which invites the occupants to both enjoy the view and enter the terrace.
All the elements; the parquet floors, the terrace tiles and the custom built components of the open kitchen materials reflect an aesthetic that is warm, practical and fashionable but with a touch of "industrial".
Partner Ana Vidal architect .
SANT ANTONI MARKET SHOP
Another family story is what you can get when a Market Shop is the project. Here we find the Torres Family, working in the market since 1933. I have been working together with mother and son to find the perfect solution to their reclaims. They are great family respectful with their work.
It has been an interesting work to participate in the design of that 14m façade shop in the refurbishment of Sant Antoni’s iconic market in Barcelona. The architectural refurbishment project was done by Revetllat Ribas architects in Barcelona..
The interesting aim of the project was a good selection of materials that evoke the nature of the olive trees and of the materials of the field. Materials regarding the environment and also into the ecofriendly philosophy that are also functional and hygienic as per the feeding use. Also has been important a final layout that organize the display of all materials, the dance between the workers inside the shop and provides a good customer service.
My brother Jordi, asked me to redesign our families parada (market stand) located in the newly renovated “Mercat del Ninot” in Barcelona (by MateoArquitectura). My family has had a stand at the market for 4 generations.
It was a privilege to design the shop which up to Jordi has the domain of the strong, vibrant, dedicated and charming women of my family since 1933.
The aesthetic and choice of materials reflect the transition to my brother. We also wanted to embrace the shift in the market, to a more elegant, upscale look. We also wanted to skew the design a little to the masculine side. The stands an the markets in many ways are bound by practicality, tradition and the rhythms of thier unique environment. I was proud to work with in these time tested parameters.
Bar Versalles located in the wonderful neighborhood of Sant Andreu at the northern end of Barcelona.
As is often the case the bar features a large space in the cellar. At best these areas are under utilized, and it was the clients desire to have a inviting, multi-use space that would both address the overflow from the main floor as well as a welcoming environment for sports events, groups, celebrations and a weekend disco.
The ambitious brief and a very constrained budget, make our decision clear. We needed to unify the floor and walls with the same material. We liberated the original coved ceiling allowing it to flow into the dark wood flooring via the structural (and as such immovable) pillars. We added some cool but inexpensive architectural furniture elements, wood textures and accents and a lot of gold paint. I love indirect lighting and I had lots of opportunity to play with reflectivity, tonal values and shapes of the materials.
The aim of the selection of materials and the overall aesthetic was to create a space that was sophisticated but still casual.
Sant Antoni use to be a quiet barrio that was a buffer between three very distinct neighborhoods; the adventurous Raval (Barcelona's very colorful ethnic neighborhood), the staid, regular but also visionary and beautiful Eixample and the hilly, plaza filled, charmingly bohemian, Poble Sec.
This piso on Calle Parlament called for lots of texture from fabrics and wood. Natural light too was important (as it always is in these somewhat tunnel like, floor-through pisos in this part of Barcelona).
It was also important to consider the walls which are used to display the client's always evolving art collection. I used neutral colors to allow the pieces to shine.
Some of the furniture (much of it made from cherry wood) came from the clients, but I designed and had new furniture made to compliment their pieces. The new designs were lacquered in a warm white to contrast with both the oak flooring and the existing furniture.
Sup. : 160m2
Being curious is part of who I am. I love to know how things are made and how visions are brought to life.
Though travel we become to other cultures, new knowledge and understanding and desire to move in new directions.
Design and creation is a dialogue of respect between myself, the clients, the artisans, suppliers and the skilled crafts people who make the dream and vision real. Let's make something!