Blind beauty

13 Oct
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Canvis Nous

That the humble blind can be a thing of beauty is a fact, here in Barcelona, and today I am going to show you a few examples of blind beauty.

Most of the blinds I’ll be showing you here today can be found in the Born district of the Old Town, and 4 of them, in one street, where it appears shop and restaurant owners are in agreement with each other, that a beautiful shop blind can serve to attract customers, even when one’s business is closed.

These two (above and below) are by the same artist, Ergo, who does great portraits in two-tone, usually in black and white, but here also in two tones of red. Lovely to see two blinds make up one image, don’t you think?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Canvis Nous

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Canvis Nous

Two more pretty examples from the same street (above and below), although the above one is not actually a blind, but a pair of wooden doors. Still, the purpose if the same, and so I have decided to include it here.

Abstract squiggles in black and white, somehow attractive to me, although I am not sure what (if anything) they represent. And a dainty damsel indicating that silence is health on the blind of a jewellery work shop. I really like the colours they have used, although the style isn’t something I would normally go for. Still pretty though.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Canvis Nous

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer de la Nau

Around the corner from the previous street, there used to be two doorways covered with beautifully painted blinds + surround, but now there is only one left, the one above. It’s for a hairdresser, specialised in African hair.

Below, in El Raval, a delightful Japanese image, used to embellish the blind of a sushi restaurant, that is worth checking out if you are in town, for it has a fun vibe and the food isn’t half bad either.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Junta de Comerç

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Notariat

Also in El Raval, in the same street as the Cute Suite, in fact, this blind (above) for skate shop FTC, appears to be advertising a beer brand, and probably is, in a tongue in cheek kind of way. In any case, it’s a clever play on words.

Below, on Carrer del Carme, a gorgeous portrait of a mysterious red haired lady, on the doors of a restaurant and lounge, looks very attractive and enticing, and is beautifully executed. A veritable work of art, right?

Apart from bringing colour and a touch of art to our streets, these beautiful blinds appear to deter random tagging and bad graffiti, so these blinds and doors are a welcome sight on Barcelona’s streets. Hopefully more businesses will follow suit!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer del Carme

4 Responses to “Blind beauty”

  1. openhouse October 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    and where is my blind ?????? ;-) love the red one!!!!

  2. Jacqueline October 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    These are awesome! All in Barcelona?

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