Design Route Raval

17 Oct
Copyright: Openhouse BCN

Openhouse

Happy Monday! It’s a special Monday today, first of all, because I am on the mend from a nasty flu that had me in bed all weekend (yuck!) and because it is the start of Barcelona Design Week (yay!). That means lots of interesting stuff going on around town, and some of that happens right here, very close to the Cute Suite!

Four special spaces, dedicated to design in various ways, have decided to join forces and offer us a design route, here in El Raval, as a way to demonstrate that this part of town has a lot to say and offer on the matter.  (Not surprising that design should have chosen this part of El Raval, as the FAD is just around the corner.)

One of these special places, is Openhouse, a shop dedicated to design, unique in its kind in Barcelona.  (I have posted about it before, here. )

Copyright: Openhouse BCN

Lobster’s Day

Openhouse is showcasing Lobster’s Day, a wonderful furniture collection created by local designer Albert García, and will be hosting a special launch tomorrow evening from 7pm – 10pm. Additionally, new items by Openhouse Collection,  created by Openhouse owner Andrew Trotter himself, as well as delicious wines from Viña Zorzal and glass creations by 40 Plumas will be on show and available to taste, respectively.

Copyright: Il·lacions

Il·lacions

Another special place, is Il·lacions, a gorgeous design gallery that I posted about recently (here) and which, like Openhouse, is located in the same street as the Cute Suite (how lucky am I?!).

Copyright: Sarah Böttger

Juuri by Sarah Böttger

Il·lacions is launching Juuri by Sarah Böttger, a new collection in its gallery, and the inauguration is also tomorrow, between 7pm – 10pm. The collection is a series of glass containers, the design of which stems from one simple shape. With cuts applied in different places they create containers in different shapes, and by using flexible lids or rims, they can be combined to create yet others. Stunning!

Copyright: Roomservice Design Gallery

Roomservice Design

Roomservice Design, another Gallery dedicated to design, on Carrer Angels 16, is the third player on this design route through our beloved Raval, and will be launching a collection by Ryan Frank, also tomorrow, at 7.30pm.

Fourth player is restaurant Carmelitas, on Carrer Doctor Dou 1, who will be offering some tasty designs for our palate. Always worth a visit, this restaurant (housed on what used to be the location of a former convent, hence its name) offers delicious and honest food, where the ingredients are of the essence, and the recipes truly Catalan.

Copyright: Aizuri

Agustina Herrero at Aizuri

Not a participant in this route, but on your way if you dedide to follow it, Aizuri (a shop I posted about here) is currently exhibiting delightful artworks from illustrator Augustina Herrero. The expo was launched last Saturday evening, but I was unable to attend for reasons I have indicated above. But if her blog is anything to go by, the paintings should be worth checking out!

For full details of the route, check the flyer below, and enjoy the route, it should be fun!

Copyright: Design Route Raval

Design Route Raval

*** Unfortunately, Il·lacions and Openhouse closed their 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!

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