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La Foto Del Dia

15 Nov

4pm- Somewhere in the NE Corner of Catalunya

Alexis Rom for TaxiVespa

30 Oct

For those Vespa lovers zipping across the city from Plaza Tetuan to Plaza Espanya, hit the breaks at TaxiVespa ; a scooter repair shop/ accessory store that will keep your ride tight and looking good.

With the help of famed illustrator team Alexis Rom Estudio :: Atelier Vostok (a personal favorite), TaxiVespa has asked the design duo to pimp up their store and lend their signature touch in providing an excellent backdrop for the stylish store. With bold colors and mod graphics TaxiVespa  leaves the competition in the dust, thanks to their vision and understanding of corporate branding.


C/ Viladomat, 316
08029 Barcelona, Spain
934 396 798

BAR_celona: 360 SkyBar- Hotel Barcelo Raval

9 Oct

Every night at 7pm the rooftop of the Hotel Barcelo presents their nightly sunset session on the rooftop terrace aptly named 360, enter through the lobby take the 3rd elevator up to the 11th floor and enjoy the Barcelona Sunset. With spectacular views of Montjuic, the beaches  and the entire city. You can watch the city lights turn on as you sip mojitos and experience Barcelona at a bird’s eye view.  The perfect place to start up your night or wind down after work, 360 is one of those emergency exits the city hides so well as a welcome change from the chaotic streets of El Raval.


Rambla Raval, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
933 201 490

Els Amics De Les Arts- Live At The Arc Of Triomf

12 Sep

Last night thousands of people showed up at the ARCO DE TRIOMF for a night of Catalan Unity to celebrate the Catalan Independence ONZE  DE SETEMBRE (September 11th). At 10 pm ELS AMICS DE LES ARTS took the stage and played a solid set that had the crowds going wild and Catalan flags waiving in the wind. 

Here is a recap of the night- enjoy!

All Photos by David Naveira

Feed Your Inner Child at Cup&Cake Barcelona

4 Sep

Opened earlier this year Cup & Cake Barcelona, offers grownups the opportunity to regress back into childhood in a brightly lit temple of saccharine on Enric Granados (This street, a favorite among locals, thankfully never tends to be feature in any Barcelona guidebook).

Taking its cue from the now infamous Magnolia Bakery in New York City, Barcelona now has it’s very own cupcake shoppe in trendy Eixample neighborhood (think 8-year-old girls with Tous purses and Burberry sweaters). The friendly staff  will give you the rundown on the treats and recommend which one is the right one for you.

With a fantastic location free of junkies and prostitutes Cup & Cake is a great way to spend a sat morning strolling  up the Eixample in order to get a first hand look at how the other half-lives. Cupcakes, coffees and croissants are the order of the day and  if the 34-year-old little girl in front of you grabs the last one,  don’t throw a tantrum, Cup & Cake keeps them coming.


Enric Granados, 145 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: 932002872
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm


_EAT: Big Fish Barcelona

4 Sep


Located on a hidden street behind the Mercat del Born sits a small cobblestone street with a restaurant which is a favorite among locals looking for a great eatery with loads of charm and atmosphere.

With its clean lines and casually elegant feel , the restaurant  reminds me of the great seafood eateries of Charleston, South Carolina while maintaining its own distinct feel of the Born (Barcelona’s answer to SOHO).  With a spectacular interior designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán from Contemporain Studio, Big Fish has become an institution thanks to their outstanding service and diverse menu.

A seafood lover’s dream, BIG FISH covers the 7 seas in just one menu. Calamari with mango chutney, Prawns, Grilled Galician Scallops, Grilled sea bass with tomato and asparagus jam,  Bluefin tuna, plus a raw Sushi bar, all make for one fantastic dinner with friends any day of the week.

Big Fish tends to fills up by 2pm on the weekdays, and is close to impossible to score a table on Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged in order to snatch a great table.

Alone in Barcelona? Sit at the sushi bar apart from being great entertainment the chefs are quite nice and won’t bite.

 *If you can save some room the white chocolate brownies are the way to go.

BIG FISH -C/ Comercial, 9
08002 Barcelona, España
932 681 728

Angels & Insects by Dani Torrent

13 Apr


 Tuesday april 13th at 20.00h at  Galeria Tuset, delve further into the wonderful world of Dani Torrent, as the Catalan illustrator presents his latest series  Angels & Insects. 

 A body of work that dives deep into the psyche exposing the duality of  fables and fairy tales, these are the messages that have inspired Dani to create a world where it is always twilight. The meeting of day and night, where power lines, androgynous characters and nocturnal insects share the same space and become intertwined with themes  dealing with the individual’s relationship to the subconscious.

Painted in a  highly stylized hyper-dream like environment Dani leaps into the unknown and blurs the lines between what is attractive and repulsive.

If the butterflies are messengers of love & kitsch, the moths represent familiarity with the dark, and by extension, of the secrets of death.  These are the themes that Mr. Torrent explores while giving the viewer a glimpse into the world that with a flick of a paintbrush can load a canvas with a plague of symbolism.

His paintings, which are framed in gold gilded frames, which Dani handpicked from the old antique shops of the gothic quarter to the vintage shops of the Raval, are a perfect foil for his haunting subjects.

 Children so self-absorbed with their newly found companions, the subjects, seem almost surprised to find themselves being spied on as they retreat  into their secret world of dreams and imaginary friends.

 To find out more about Dani’s award winning works and see a broad collection of his work check out his BLOG

Àngels & Insectes,
pintura de Dani Torrent>Tuesday April 13th 2010                      Galeria Tuset – C/ Muntaner 187 bis de Barcelona

_VIEWFINDER: Albert Jodar

3 Apr

I came across the mesmerizing work of Albert Jodar (Badalona b. 1982), one friday afternoon when walking through the neighborhood of Sant Pere and walking into Swallow Gallery.

His portraits of modern spanish citizens against ordinary backdrops make his work exciting and as he takes traditional themes and captures them with a modern eye.

A country torn between past and present these festivals which date back to medieval times,are what anchor the heart minds and souls of the spanish people.His body of work gives an inside view of  the festival of San Fermin to the haunting eyes of the most devout catholics during  Semana Santa. While his docu-artistic series are comprised of beautiful angles and in your face composition. It is his portrait work which stands out, his ability to capture a the genuine everyday life of Spanish life at the beginning of the 21st century are the type of images which any photo collector would be proud to own.

As semana santa rituals play out across the country, I present his brilliant series titled : “En La Santa Semana”.

 To se more of his work click  ALBERT JODAR

Coolhunting Barcelona_Objeto De Deseo

9 Mar


Located in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, OBJETO DE DESEO  has caught the eye of the international magazines and has even made  Tyler Brule take proper notice of this  Wonderland inspired house  of genuine oddities and artistic nonsense.  A  Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, the store boast an impressive list of global artists and taste-makers housed in one extraordinary pristine setting.

Objeto de Deseo  has become the first object gallery in Barcelona, to carefully curate an eclectic selection of limited edition pieces for the home or office . Effortlessly blending styles in a sort of high-end KITCH, the shop is perfect for those who have a sense of humor when it comes to home decor and are on an eternal quest  for the perfect conversation piece.

 Littered with white pedestals bathed in white light this is a place where Rock and Roll dented ming vases stand silently under white porcelain deers while futuristic garden gnomes vie for your attention and wallet. 

Open Mon-Fri, this avant-guard home accessory emporium  is a must stop for those who collect one of a kind pieces rather than cheap plastic snow globes and magnets when travelling abroad.

ATOPIA Art & City In The XXI Century

7 Mar


“Nothing of this will inspire pity in twenty-first century men”

 ATOPIA_From 25 February 2010 to 24 May 2010

The exhibition explores a kind of unease—the awkwardness that exists between the city and the individual.

With the modern-day citizen now connected 24/7 and massive exchange of information what happens when you ride the subway and all you hear is quiet. As commuters pop in their headphones, update their Facebook and twitter their every mood the urban jungle has become a vacuum, just the sound of thumbs texting and iPhones being tapped…

_OLEG DOU “Glasses 2″ (Moscow  b.1983)

Atopia is the feeling of unease experienced by the individual faced with a city that does exist, but which in no case represents the paradise dreamt-of or promised, for the simple reason that the monster that is now the city has taken on a life of its own.

_Erwin Olaf “Grief” (Hilversum b. 1959)



more about “Atopia Art & Culture in the 21st Century“, posted with vodpod


 Calle de Montalegre, 5
08001 Barcelona, Spain
934 123 356

Five New Barcelona Hotels That Made Headlines in 2009

31 Dec

At the beginning of the year a bold prediction was made by the tourism office of Barcelona: over 50 new Hotels would open between 2009 and 2010. Here we are a year later and these 5 hotels below managed to beat the global crisis open their doors (fashionably late) and have managed to grab headlines, tweets, and posts from cool hunters across the globe.

W Hotel Barcelona –  “The Dubai Hotel Of The Mediterranean”

Managing to design a hotel that looks almost the same as the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Ricardo Bofill, created a tower of glass and steel in the run-down southern tip of the Barceloneta neighborhood that since its opening has cleaned up quiet nicely. With starwood launching a full-out search for ultimate cool hunters and an interview process that closely resembled more of casting (think russian girls in stilettos standing next to a woman with a unibrow trying to get a job) they looked at style rather than a passion for truly attentive staff.

The W made headlines for all the wrong reasons… late openings,  a less than stellar opening night and its prime waterfront location conveniently located on a nude beach have been some of the erros the PR department had to deal with.  However, there is still hope for one of my favorite hotel chains in the world… Barcelona is a summer-time city with a wild child streak. Come summer time they will hopefully team up with some savy locals and put their massive terrace to good use.

PROS: The fantastic Eclipse sky bar located on the 26th floor overlooking the city. The decision to  bring aboard Michaelangelo L’Acqua as W Hotels’ first ever Global Music Director.

CONS: Something is missing from the equation, the WoW factor must be stuck in crates in Spanish Custom House. Yes the hotel looks great at sunset but with 315 hotels in Barcelona, competing for international travellers, the W needs to find their niche and fast. This is not South Beach, here  nobody cares how good you look, but rather just how cool you really are.

W HOTEL- Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents 1
08039 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 95 28 00

MANDARIN ORIENTAL- “The Chic Foreign Aunt With Loads of Money”

Like a game of  chess,  this prestigious hotel chain chose Barcelona to set up shop making it hotel number 5 in Europe. With the number five signifying  Travel, Adventure and Motion these three things  perfectly embody their latest creation. With 98 elegantly appointed rooms directly on the Barcelona shopping mecca known as Passieg de Gracia. The Mandarin Oriental opened it’s doors this past November stopping traffic on Barcelona’s most fashionable boulevard. The Mandarin Barcelona makes our list due to the hotel making headlines due to several pushback in the opening dates.

However, the hotel  has earned its street credit by hiring the only female chef  in the world  to have earn five Micheline stars for her restaurants in Spain and in Japan. The Restaurant MOments is well on the way to slicing the competion. Chef Carme Ruscalleda  has invited her son Raul into the kitchen and the result has wowed the critics with their home-stlye Catalan Cooking  as Spain is presently the talk of the culinary world.

PROS: Fantastic rooftop, with plunge pool and killer views. Booking Tip: Make sure to book the rooms facing the garden rather than the boulevard.

CONS: The Mandarin is known for their descendant Spa with spectacular views and spacious layouts. Due to the fact that this is Spain, the spa is not at parr with other of their more famous properties.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona-Passeig De Gràcia 38
08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 931 51 88 88

ROOM-MATE EMMA-  “The Reccision Proof Hotel of 2009″

While other chains were busy slowing their growth and charging outrageous fees for internet usage, Room Mate Hotels was busy opening new spaces all over the world and bundling all of their fees into one low price. Owner Kike Sarasola,  managed to stay ahead of the global downturn in tourism by opening smart, basic and comfort hotels with free WIFI and loads of  style with a price tag of around 45 euros.

Their marketing campaign has been the key to their success. Instead of attempting to make all hotels in their chain look the same, they try to create hotels that reflect the city/neighborhoods they move into. Their latest creation EMMA is  the personification of Barcelona: Creative, Energetic, and Innovative the hotel has made quiet a name for is discreet addition to the over crowded Barcelona hotel scene. Opting for a more word of mouth Social networking way of promoting their property.

 Located in the Eixample neighborhood it has the perfect location for travellers flyining into Barcelona for a weekend of shopping. Their latest marketing effort was an online contest  searching for the face of their two latest properties CARLOS (in Buenos Aires) and VALENTINA (in Mexico City) the winners faces will be part of the hotel campaign in 2010. WIth Properties opened in New York, Miami, Madrid, Malaga and Valencia. They are definitley one to watch in 2010.

PROS: Steps away from the Diagonal metro station that links much of the city’s metro lines. Basic hotel hotels for people who will not be spending too much time in their room

CONS: The location of the hotel is quite a trek from the smoky bars of the Raval and hip eateries of the Borne.

EMMA HOTEL-Carrer Rosselló 205
08008 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 385 606

HOTEL DENIT- “The Darling Of The Internet”

  This new hotel has rapidly become the darling of Trip Advisor. With over 100 positive reviews and the staff regularly check in with comments posted on the page to guarantee each visitor is satisfied. In an age where social media is the norm it is nice to see a hotel scanning the net and listening to the people’s comments. 

Denit, meaning “At Night” in Catalan, lives up to its name in city that becomes another animal come night fall. Centrally located on the edge of Gothic Quarter, where 2000 years of history collides with the modern shopping district of the Eixample on the corner of Fontanella and D’Estruc.  This fresh and modern hotel boasts innovatively designed bedrooms and a 24-hour cafe in the smart lobby. A savior in a city where bars stay open until 6am but finding a place to eat after 2am can be a challenge.

The Denit offers you the chance to enjoy contemporary design at a pocket-friendly price. With its restrained color palate of white on white on white with touches of beech veneer it is designed to help you relax after coming in from the chaos that is Portal D’Angel- a shopping street  that has 3 H&M’s in a 2 block radius. Though the rooms are small, the staff and location more than make up for it. If  shopping, eating, and drinking your way through Barcelona is your idea of the perfect weekend. Look no further you have found you crash pad- Barcelona is yours for the taking!

PROS: Tucked on a quiet street 500 meters from the dead center of the city you will be pretty much walking distance from every neighborhood in Barcelona

CONS: The rooms are not the biggest in size, however if you just looking for a place to sleep this is your place.

08002 Barcelona, Spain
935 454 000

W HOTELLS- raval  ” A Hotel For Cool Hunters”

Mention the neighborhood “El Raval” to a local, and their reaction will run the gamut from praising it’s authenticity  to the a manifesto  detailing   everything that is wrong with the city. A safe haven for hipsters, a bustling immigrant cluster, the last bohemian village in a city with inflated real estate prices. The Raval is everything and nothing at once but one can’t turn a blind eye to the creativity and raw talent percolating on these streets. 

It’s not every day that a neighborhood gets in own verb. In this case RAVALEJAR

To explain Ravalejar to someone outside is a bit complicated. But in its purest form it’s the act of being extremely busy doing nothing. Born from the global economic crisis and humid Barcelona nights. The neighborhood come to the main steps of the MACBAand sit for hours in the hot summer nights watch the skateboarders take over the plaza while crowds of  people break the law by sitting in the plaza and having a beer as the local police stands back with a watchful eye.

Why do I mention this? Because if you are looking for quiet streets, 5 star hotels and charming restaurants this MIGHT not be the neighborhood for you to stay in. However, if you are looking for the most cutting edge designers, vintage music shops, kebab stands and local dive bars with snide bartenders serving up 2 euro beers check into these apartments and explore Barcelona’s most polemic neighborhood of El RAVAL.

This hotel makes our list because of their team up with Japanese retail store MUJI. Furnishing their flats with everything Muji. Whotells (not to be confused with THE W HOTEL) is located in one of the best streets in the Raval – Joaquin Costa

PROS: If you’re looking to discover the real side of Barcelona the location can not be beat. MUJI Furnished lofts make getting into bed that much better.

CONS: Noise, the streets tend to get pretty loud on the weekends, not recommended for women to be walking this neighborhood alone, but if you in a group you will be fine.

W HOTELLS-Joaquin Costa 28
08001 Barcelona, Spain
616 581 780

La Foto Del Dia

10 Dec



World Press Photo 09

2 Dec

For the fifth consecutive year, Photographic Social Vision Foundation, in collaboration with the CCCB, presents World Press Photo 09.

The World Press Photo exhibition – a collection of the winning entries in the World Press Photo Competition – is internationally recognised as the most important touring exhibition of photojournalism in the world. As well as displaying the best photographs of 2008, it is also a historic document of the main news events of the year.

Each year, an independent, thirteen-member international jury chooses the winning photographs from submissions by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and photographers around the world. The photos compete in 11 categories: news events, current affairs, people in the news, sports, action photography, sports reportage, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, nature and art and entertainment.

The winning photographs are exhibited annually in 80 cities in 40 countries, on condition that all works have to be shown without censorship of any kind. The fact that thousands of visitors from around the world see this exhibition shows photography’s power to overcome linguistic and cultural boundaries.

World Press Photo provides images that become part of the collective memory. Stunning images that have changed, on many occasions, the course of history and public opinion.

To see all of this year’s winning images please click {HERE}

Los Vivancos Take Center Stage At The Victoria Theatre

2 Dec

The new Vivanco show has opened up in Barcelona and is currently the talk of the town. A  group made up of seven brothers have taken the Barcelona stage for a limited run at the Victoria Theater.

For those of you who never heard of Los Vivanco they are a tribe of  39 kids. 7 of which are superstars. All of which share the same father. Part Flamenco show part concert- each brother plays an instrument and can dance a variety of styles from Flamenco to Classical and even some breakdancing.  The show does not stop as the brothers bring the passion to stage and battle it out for the audience’s attention.

more about “untitled“, posted with vodpod



Teatre Victória de Barcelona until the 20th of december

LE LOOK- Barcelona’s Street Fashion Hunters

21 Nov
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La rue est dangereusement créatrice *
* Christian Lacroix

“THE STREET IS DANGEROUSLY CREATIVE”                                                                                             -Christian Lacroix 

         While others prefer the high-profile title of “Fashion Cities” such as Milan, Paris and London. Le Look keeps their eyes on the plazas, alleys and bars of Barcelona’s 5 different barrios which make up the mix and match fabric of the city’s  street fashion scene. LE LOOK’s cameras capture hunt down real people- nonconformists that happily mix H&M with Dior and can rock Alexander McQueen with the same ease of toting a 2 euro purse from one of the many vintage stores on Calle Carme. 

 This past Thursday Le Look invaded Vintage Bar in the Borne, and turned the space into it’s very own urban fashion incubator.  The venue which is a great space for parties is divided into several rooms and gives the feeling of stepping into a posh living room rather than a cramped Barcelona bar. Hosted by LELOOK and the folks at Fashionfreax  this event was the launch party for the latest collection of fashion designer and muse  ANNA K.   Normally a party like this would be filled with pretentious fashionistas but the party was incredibly laid back with more people talking face to face rather than into their cell phones.** Special Thanks to our man Martin Hesbert, for  documenting  the night’s vibe.

  DJ Mustache had the sounds in check while VJ Sacha provided the eye candy in the background.However, the cameras were turned on the crowds at this particular party- the dress code on the invite was in bold. The simple instructions printed in 24 font EXTRAVA K.


LE LOOK staffers  mingled around the room, picking out the most interesting looks and inviting the guests to strike a pose in front of their impromptu photo studio in the bars foyer.  At midnight, those looks that had managed to raise eyebrows (I am talking about you bearded man in a blue dress)  were invited to hit the catwalk and strut their lelook for cava sipping crowds.  

Barcelona’s  cool hunters, fashion editors, and stylist were out supporting LE LOOK  in full force. 

LE LOOK’s last event back in April made headlines and this seasons party was no different.  Michael Mueller from Barcelona’s MINIGUIDE* , summed it up best… ” It’s nice to see Barcelona finally coming into its own and setting trends rather than following them “. 

For a  complete look at the parties most fashion forward looks click here 

TimeOut Barcelona’s Best Restaurant List 2009

13 Nov

            xtra_410        This week TimeOut Barcelona announced the winners of their 2009 culinary awards at Luz de Gas, with seven categories  and eight judges TimeOut managed to find seven the most distinctive restaurants in the city.

Anyone who has been to Barcelona- understands how eating here can be like an Olympic sport, with hundreds of restaurants to choose from, finding the “right”  place can leave you feeling a bit stressed. This list will help you out if you coming to the city on holiday,or simply looking for a place to impress a date.

barcelona-torre-460_796164c                                                                                                            READER’S CHOICE AWARD_ Torre D’ Alta Mar             


Here are the 2009 Winners of the PREMIS GASTRONOMICS, a list compiled by TimeOut and judged by 8 of the most prestigious names in the Catalan culinary world. For more information on the winners please click here


BEST MENU:   La Mar Salada
BEST WINE LIST: CalXim                                                                     

CRITIC’S PICK: Bar Velodromo                                                                              SPECIAL JURY PRIZE:  Dos Cielos ** pulso_pick

 For a complete list of the Winners and Runner-ups click on the TimeOut Logo


Casa Decor 09 Barcelona

12 Nov


The 15th edition of one of the world’s greatest design fairs opens today, November 12 and runs through December 13. Already a staple in design cities such as  London, Miami, Sao Paulo, Milan, Lisboa & Madrid.

 Casa Decor, is a yearly event where the most talented of architects, interior designers and manufacturers show off their talent under one roof. The purpose of Casa Decor  is to create fully decorated rooms which temporarily transform empty buildings. This year the location is the famous CASA LLORENC in the eixample district of Barcelona.

The space  allows the designers to showcase their talent to industry leaders and visitors alike. Guests walk from bedroom to bathroom, kitchen to home office designed with the look and feel of each company’s brand. The perfect platform to meet the people who move and design the trends which we will be following in the upcoming year.  PulsoBCN favorite ARQUITECTURA-G,  will be showing at Casa Decor this year, so if you attend make sure to say hi.

 A specially designed restaurant and bar (usually a collaboration between a local restaurant group with a favorite design house) is fully functioning and is open for breakfast, lunch and for private events in the evening.


 Location: Casa Llorenc   C/Corsega 261                                                             Open: 11-21hr_ everyday from 12.11.09 through 13.12.09                              Admission:12 euros

For more info on {click here}

Vicky & Cristina Did Not Have LeCool In Barcelona

11 Nov

le cool[1]  photo by: David Naveira

        Seven months ago I packed up my things and left the pastel colored buildings of South Beach, for the more exciting city of Barcelona. Part Spanish myself, I thought it would be easier to assimilate. It was harder than I thought…However, one book did change save my life…

  “The Weird & Wonderful Guide To Barcelona” by LeCool.

While  Vicky and Cristina were spending time in a basically non-existent Barcelona, I sat in a café in the Born, listening to a guitar player and flipping through the copy of my little red book.  Filled with tips and illustrated maps, this book is packed with information on every neighborhood and is compiled using tips from people on the streets, waiters as well as local celebrities. That afternoon was perhaps my best day in Barcelona and it did not involve an encounter with Javier Bardem.


For those of you coming to Barcelona, take heed. As soon as you arrive in the city- ditch you bags in your hotel and find a book store and buy this  Barcelona bible. If you weren’t a believer in the church of LeCool you will be by the time you have your 3rd encimada. 

To buy the little red book try the bookstores at the MACBA or CCCB or any other small bookstore or lifestyle store.

For more info on LeCool click on the logo.



Barcelona Design Studio: ARQUITECTURA-G

29 Oct


The Barcelona based design studio of ARQUITECTURA-G  formed by:  Jordi Ayala, Aitor Fuentes, Jonathan Arnabat and Igor Urdanpileta back when they were students, has evolved into the very model of what every design studio should strive to be.

Their work has been featured in countless design magazines (most recently in NEO2) as well as invited to participate in many forums and lectures on the future of sustainable  design.

Their modern approach to design and architecture is a welcome reprise from the trends we have seen in the last few years where bigger meant better. Their socially responsible designs and low impact lines mean less visual pollution in urban landscapes and more public spaces, which is evident in the  proposal video for the sports hall in Paris.

Recently the studio completed a major overhaul of an apartment in the Eixample neighborhood, which has caught the media’s eye due to  its simplistic approach of the redistribution of space. They have managed to restore the original floors, and have angled walls in order to conceive a more open way of  modern living.  The result is a serene space that hangs above the bustling streets of Barcelona.








The studio now  forges ahead with several new projects on their drawing board.  Among them a redesign  for the store FUREST in Barcelona’s fashion epicenter known as Passeige de Gracia.

 A house on a hillside in France , as well as a proposal for a new Sports & Congress Hall in Paris.

 To find out more about ARQUITECTURA-G, [click here]

tlf:+34 932520755 / 675900450 C/Graus 10-12 bajos 08017 Barcelona

Barcelona Hotel_Chic & Basic: The Cure For The Common Hotel

20 Oct



Today I spent the day on a hotel hunt, checking out new places throughout Barcelona and doing some research on a few places which will be posted later this week. One of my favorite finds was CHIC & BASIC a hotel that is housed in a  beautiful old building in EL BORN.

This place opened 5 years ago and is currently in the process of remodeling it´s fantastic bar simply called the “WHITE BAR”

white bar

This place breaks all the rules of what a basic hotel should be, done up in white washed halls over the top furniture and  sexy lighting it is impossible not to relax upon entering this space. The service at the counter was excellent and the place is filled with hipsters. If you are in Barcelona and spending the weekend shopping with friends, this  is the place to ditch you bags and head out for a night on the town .

Chic & Basic

In fact while trying to scope out the place without getting thrown out for loitering I witnessed a fashion shoot  taking place in the of the rooms. This is the sort of place where art directors linger in the hallway twittering on their iphone,  and hip young international travelers mingle in the common areas.  This place definitely attracts a younger more stylish crowd so if your idea of  hotel is tea time rather than happy hour you might want to curb your enthusiasm.


The hallways, resemble space ships, with white lacquered walls, soft lighting and chilled out electronica humming in the background. The rooms are like the title suggests “basic” but the common areas more than make up for it.

Amenities include Gym, reading room, kitchen area,  internet center and a spacious living room with lots of natural light.

This is not the Ritz or the W this is just a place for people who spend their vacation exploring the city and when they finally come back to the room they are greeted with a warm sense of style and a vibe that many a hotel rarely get right.

living room

For more info on the hotel  click it HERE

Recdi8_An International Design Treasure Chest In El Borne

23 Sep

logoIf  “design” is your drug of choice; then look no further for a supplier.

Design shop treasure chest  recdi8, will satisfy the urge of even the most jaded cool hunter.

This small store located in the painfully cool neighborhood of EL BORNE,  carries the latest and greatest from such great designers as Tom Dixon, and Barcelona’s latest  “IT”  deisgn force MITE MITE (http://www.mitemite.es/),  whose crime fighting bag made headlines around the world. ( **The crime bag can also be found at recdi8)

The store’s playful approach to design is a welcome sight in an area populated with hipper than thou shoe stores and modern tapaterias. 


 The brainchild  of owners Alex Baeza, Albert Vuidez, Norbert Frei; recdi8 is a shop that makes design readily available to the masses. With over 15 years of design experience, the shop in the Borne is an extension of their  design firm which has been dressing up Barcelona’s slickest spaces to date.  With an eye for global trends and their calibrated eyes every piece in here is worth it’s weight in gold.

If you are searching for limited edition pieces and unique home accessories; head over to recdi8 and get your fix.

Recdi8_Design Shop:  C/Espaseria 7,  El Borne  www.recdi8-shop.com

Recdi8_Showroom:  C/ Flor del Lliri, 4, El borne www.recdi8.com

The Wonderful World of Dani Torrent

23 Sep


In 2008, illustrator Dani Torrent took on the project of adapting Hans Christopher Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid”. The result is an adaptation that dives deep into the darkest corners of the so called  “fairy tale”.

Torrent,  beautifully creates a fairytale for adults , weaving his own personal vision and intertwines them with childhood memories of gypsies, fishermen, and vagabonds. The story set in a post war Barcelona,  places the main character in an industrial setting where chimneys replace trees ; and abandonded power plants substitute palaces.


 “The Mermaid”, which took over 18 months to complete has yet to find a publishing house.  Dani, whose version has stayed true to the text by Anderson, wanted to explore the darker side of the story. ” I was intrigued by the parts in the story that are never talked about, the things that are brushed under the rug.  Disney never tells you that the Prince would only allow her to  sleep outside his door, on  the doormat”


Inspired by this image, he began creating an androgynous looking mermaid, one without the perky breast and the perfect smile.  A soul that drifts quietly between two worlds, who is willing to change everything about her, and will suffer miserably, in order just to be loved.


Dani Torrent a native of Barcelona,  found his passion for art at an early age. He studied art in Bologna,  but moved back to Barcelona to pursue a career in film.  At the same time he began taking classes on illustration and decided he felt more at ease creating the storyboards. His work has been commissioned by lawyers, greeting card companies and was selected by author Jan Beltran to create his book cover. Up next for Torrent, is a children’s book as well as an upcoming exhibit in the fall.


To fall through the wonderful  world of  Dani Torrent please click below:

Style and Substance meet at LA XINA

9 Sep

SalaIn 2008 Tomas Tarruella and his partner Rosa Maria Esteva packed their bags and took 16 of their employees on a trip of a lifetime through the Orient on a journey to inspire them recreate the mystery and elegance of the Cantonese culture and cuisine.

After packing up four land rovers and traveling over 3000 miles from Peking to Shanghai, the out come of this voyage through China ended in the creation of LA XINA, a modern take on the tradition Cantonese Dim Sum Restaurant. 

Grupo Tragaluz teamed up once again with the designers of the critically acclaimed Hotel OMM-  Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez, to breathe life and sensuality to this bi level space overlooking the  world famous Ramblas at the entrance to former Barrio Xino. Over looking the dining room, the huge paper dragon watches silently over diners reflecting the strength and mystery of far east in a more intimate setting in Barcelona.


La Xina- Pintor Fortuny 3 Barcelona, Spain

Metro: Liceu <L3>

http://www.laxinaderamblas.es/Enter the dragon


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