Happy Monday! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle the week with verve! I’m kick-starting the week with a gallery that is dedicated to design and is called Il·lacions. The gallery is located on the same street as the Cute Suite, on Carrer Notariat number 3.
Il·lacions Galeria de Disseny opened its doors earlier this year, and is the first gallery in Barcelona that is dedicated exclusively to design. I have been meaning to do a post on this lovely gallery for a while now, but didn’t get round to it, so when a couple of new collections were launched last week, I decided it was high time.
An initiative of Studio NEX, the gallery is located on the ground floor of a 19th Century building and has a surface of 90m2. The space has been restored beautifully and part of the walls stripped to show its many layers of history, and is run by co founder of Studio NEX, Catalan designer Xavier Franquesa.
The aim of Il·lacions is to host a wide range of content and proposals related to creativity, supporting local artists and showcasing the best examples of foreign talent. The gallery is intended as a meeting point of the creative scene in Barcelona, and welcomes proposals in graphic, industrial, furniture and fashion design, as well as the applied arts, such as printing, illustration, jewellery and ceramics.
At the moment, Il·lacions has some items from the Tomas Kral Collection, which is comprised of gorgeous etched glassware in simple, clean shapes, as well as bright yellow metal stools and lamps made of cork and glass.
New to the gallery are Rescue, a collection of quirky cabinets and tables, created and produced by Thomas Kreis, and Toshi no Utsuroi (urban passages) a delightful collection of photographs, shot in Japan by Roberto Eleuteri.
The photographs by Roberto Eleuteri show scenes of daily life in Japan, and have been printed and framed beautifully. I love them all, so I would be hard put to make a choice, if I were to acquire any of these lovely images, but this ‘triptych’ above strikes a chord…
The furniture pieces made by Thomas Keis are works of art, and each piece is a unique blend of reclaimed elements and custom made frames. No piece is the same, yet all play with different shapes and types of wood, as well as colour.
The cork and glass lamp by Tomas Kral has such clean lines and soft light – I love it!
This cabinet is cute, isn’t it? The legs and drawers are all reclaimed, yet the the box that encloses the drawers is custom made. I really like that the old cards are still affixed to the drawers. What do you think?
Gorgeous images of Japanese architecture put at the service of high end retail in Tokyo. Check out the wall behind the photographs – those layers of paint and plaster make for a great back drop to these beautiful images.
The gallery is a cosy place, very unlike what one would previously have associated with a gallery space: white, stark and cold. On the contrary, a beautiful mid-grey is the main colour here, found on the original floor tiles, walls and cast iron columns. A huge mirror covers the wall one one side of the space and allows the various pieces to be viewed from all angles.
An example of Thomas Keis’s work. From a cute stool a cabinet is created, using the various components of the original stool, and adding others, layer by layer, as can be seen on the photographs above the displayed pieces.
I really like this pretty, tile table. Reclaimed tiles and wooden legs and a box to hold the tiles have been used to make something as beautiful, yet simple as this.
Another table by Thomas Keis displays a collection of delightful souvenir coasters called 08036 by a Venezuelan artist who lives in Barcelona. Cute aren’t they? In any case much nicer than more commonly found souvenirs, in my opinion.
Flanking the Il·lacions entrance are three versions of the same chair, each of which is gorgeous, and on the other side, two little book stands created by Thomas Keis, which I think are delightful.
I have enjoyed this visit to Il·lacions and hope you have too! I’m planning to return often, and show you their next collections when they arrive. Do you like that idea? Meanwhile, you may want to check their website and Facebook page for updates and news.
*** Unfortunately, Il·lacions closed its doors in the Summer of 2012. New projects are in the making – as soon as I have news, I will let you know via the Cute Suite blog!