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Design guide to Barcelona – Rafael Fernández Bermejo

Rafael Fernández Bermejo

It’s a rare city that elevates an architect to rockstar status, but Barcelona has done just that with Gaudí. So, it stands to reason that there’s much more in this vibrant metropolis for the design devotee. To get the scoop on all things stylistically dazzling, we’ve paired up once again with Houzz, the home renovation and design platform. Here, Rafael Fernández Bermejo – editor of Houzz Spain and previously our design guide expert on Madrid – walks us through the most stunning structures and interiors in the Catalonian capital…

STAY Primero Primera
Doctor Carulla 25-29

Primero Primera is a hotel with the personality of a home, so staying here gives guests a true taste of what it’s like to live in Barcelona. Light tones, a mix of woods and luxurious materials define its 30 rooms, with every one different from the next. Renovated by the Pérez-Sala family in 2011, the ambience of the hotel is quiet – something very much appreciated in such a bustling city.’

Design guide to Barcelona – Primero Primera hotel

Primero Primera

EAT Flax & Kale
Tallers 74. Price: € 30 (approx)

‘Combining an industrial style with modern accents, this colourful restaurant defines itself as ‘the first flexitarian in Barcelona’. Among Flex & Kale‘s interior highlights are the large solid oak tables with copper corners, high ceilings, enormous windows and exposed brick walls. Francesc Pons, the interior designer in charge of the project, has designed an open kitchen in keeping with the restaurant’s natural, healthy menu, with the upper floor boasting private rooms and a large terrace.’

Design guide to Barcelona – Flax & Kale restaurant

Flax & Kale

SEE Museum of Design
Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes 37-38. Price: 5 euros

‘Having opened its doors three and a half years ago, the Museum of Design brings together the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Ceramics, the Textile and Clothing Museum and the Graphic Arts Office all in one. It is a space that has become a point of reference for those who enjoy design, thanks to its interesting exhibition program.’

Design guide to Barcelona – Museum of Design

Museum of Design; photo by lulek/flickr

EXPLORE La Boquería Market
Rambla 91

La Boquería Market is a must for anyone visiting Barcelona. Take a leisurely stroll through the alleys, where you’ll come across treasures from all over the world and discover some real interior design gems, such as the Bar Boquería, which has been designed by the Tarruella Trenchs Studio.’

STAY Hotel Omm
Rosselló 265

‘Though Hotel Omm has been open for more than a decade, its interior design continues to inspire awe. Among the famed designers who have worked here, there’s Juli Capella, Sandra Tarruella, Isabel López (all of whom now have their own studio) and Mario Eskenazi. You won’t see any excessive decoration here, but you will find an abundance of creativity and functionality. The entrance is spectacular and this hotel is always lively, with guests either heading to their rooms or to the restaurant.’

Design guide to Barcelona – Hotel Omm

Hotel Omm

EAT Boca Grande
Passatge de la Concepció 12. Price: +40 euros (approx)

‘Interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has created a sophisticated design scheme at Boca Grande restaurant (Boca Chica occupies the top floor). You’ll get a feel for his extravagant style right upon entering. The bar’s velvet seating, vintage leather furniture and mahogany wood details are hard to miss.’

Design guide to Barcelona – Nordicthink


SHOP Nordicthink
Casanovas 214

‘Jordi Martín needed a change of pace, so he stepped away from a career in advertising to open Nordicthink – a shop devoted to Scandinavian furniture and interiors. “I love how the Danes make everything simple”, says Martín. Stop by the showroom to peruse everything from pendant lamps to wallpaper to sofas and sideboards.’

SEE Barcelona Pavilion
Avda. De Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7

‘You shouldn’t leave Barcelona without seeing this symbolic work of the modern movement. The Barcelona Pavilion has been exhaustively studied and has inspired generations of architects. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it originally served as the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. Glass, steel and marble give form to this beautiful piece of art.’

Featured image is the Barcelona Pavilion

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