Tag Archives: Design

Pretty “piggy” bank

5 Nov

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

I’ve never been very good at saving, but I am sure that with a pretty “piggy” bank like this one, I would become better at it. It’s called Dos Pavos (two turkeys, literally), a name which refers to the old slang used for two five Peseta coins from days when the Peseta was still jingling in our pockets, here in Spain.

Based on the traditional Spanish ceramic piggy bank, it has been created by design studio Mr. Simon from Valencia, and made from natural beech and glazed, white ceramic. Intended for saving 2€ coins, it shows how much money you have saved (approximately) at any given time thanks to its clever “construction”.

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

At present, Dos Pavos is actually just a project, but with your help, by reserving one (or more) of these lovely “piggy” banks via this site, it may just become a reality! C’mon! How pretty is it? So stylish in any home! Such a good idea as a birthday present or Christmas gift (what, you haven’t started shopping yet?!)…

I think it would be great if the Mr. Simon‘s Dos Pavos were produced. So what do you think? Need one? Want one? Reserve one?

Dos Pavos - pretty piggy bank designed by Mr. Simon

All photos © Mr. Simon

 

Cool for kids

7 May

XO in my Room

If you have been following my blog for some time now, you know that I delight in all things handmade… that is why I am very happy to share some furniture with you today that is cool for kids, and handmade in Barcelona!

XO in my Room

A team of 4 (3 brothers and a lovely lady) make up XO in my room, and between them, they take care of 10 kids, as well as design, handcraft and market the furniture they make.

XO in my Room

And they do it well, in my opinion! For they create simple furniture that is fun, colourful and sturdy. Just what kids need!

XO in my Room

XO in my room‘s handcrafted pieces are also highly practical and hard-wearing, and that shows.

XO in my Room

But they are not afraid of adding a touch of whimsy, such as the gilded swirly details at the head of these cosy beds that any kid would happily dream away in feeling like a princess or prince…

XO in my Room

I love the way they market their lovely products and style their photos, and it makes me think that they have a lot of fun conceptualising and making them at XO in my room. Good reasons to choose any of these handcrafted pieces, don’t you think? Luckily for all of us, they are available in their online store!

XO in my Room

Want to find out more? Then check out the XO in my room website and Facebook page.

(all images by XO in my room)

Texture

25 Apr
Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

Rough – Plaça Àngels

Apart from all the fancy decorative elements that abound in Barcelona, I love the textures that you can find on its walls all over the city. They can be very inspiring. Here, heck for yourself…

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

Rough :: 2 – Carrer Minerva

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

Linear – Carrer Mas Yebra

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

70’s funky – Carrer Floridablanca

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

Sinuous – Carrer Floridablanca

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

Hieroglyphs? – Carrer Còdols

Which is your favourite?

Cute Suite photographs textures in Barcelona

3 in 1 – Carrer Minerva

Escala Cordial

13 Dec Escala Cordial (1)
Escala Cordial

Smile for the camera

Do you like t-shirts? The kind with cool prints on them? If you do, you might like the t-shirts made by Escala Cordial.

Escala Cordial (3)

Constructive tee

Based in Barcelona, Escala Cordial has just been launched, and their website has just gone live a few days ago, so this is somewhat of an exclusive for you all. And you know what? You can win one! Read on and you’ll find out how…

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Muchafibra

19 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Muchafibra – Carrer Carretes 13

Tucked deep into el Raval, on a street that once used to be rather drab, but these days is alive with hanging plants on every building (thanks to a certain French lady, who I will mention in a bit) you can find Muchafibra, an experimental textile and production center for fashion designers.

In a city that bursts with creativity and where designers of all kinds abound, this is a wonderful initiative, and I am delighted to be able to share it with you. Muchafibra was set up by Virginie Verrier, a lovely and very friendly French lady who has brought her charme, flair and know-how to this nook in el Raval and blown new life into it, converting it from a paint manufacturer’s workshop to the shop and fashion production workshop it is today (and re-converting the street in the process).

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Tasteful décor

Muchafibra is not just a practical and helpful place where you can rent the space and machinery to set up your own fashion collection, or learn new tricks in the many courses they offer. It is a space that is filled with Virginie’s personal,  tasteful touches, put together with vintage (and often discarded) pieces of furniture or home wares. See for yourself, and after the slideshow I’ll tell you a bit more…

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What’s in a Name?

11 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Palma de Sant Just 12

Indeed, what’s in a name? Well, in this case it means everything. For Name is a the equivalent of a range of clothing, designed by the lovely Irene Sabaté and Clara Aspachs, and which is designed and produced entirely in and around Barcelona.

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Showroom and studio

On Carrer Palma de Sant Just number 12 the Name showroom and studio is located, and it is there that I took the images of this post. The range includes ladies’ knits and woven items, as well as the recent addition of men’s knits (below).

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Knits and woven

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Made by Irene’s grandfather

The theme of this year’s A/W collection is ‘wood’, and as with all the Name themes, occurred spontaneously, when Irene and Clara decided to use the pegs that Irene’s grandfather had made (above) as inspiration.

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Doméstico Shop

15 May copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Front view

If like me, you love good design, and living in stylish surroundings, then you will enjoy what I am sharing with you today, for I am taking you to Doméstico Shop, a sunny treasure trove of divine design that can be found on Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell 16. Ready?

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O-Cults

1 May copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Il·lacions showcase

Last week, Il·lacions showcased the products created by O-Cults, a collective of young product designers based in Barcelona, and who had been selected by BCD to show their designs at the Stockholm Design Week last February. I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you, so here they are: O-Cults – to Stockholm and back.

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Formista

1 Mar copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Sagristans 9

A couple of weeks ago a friend told me there was a new shop in town and suggested I check it out. And so I discovered Formista, a shop / gallery in which the co-proprietors Mónica and Claudia display and sell “things made by people” and periodically host exhibits by contemporary artists. Continue reading

BCN Handmade – Amato Sole

1 Feb copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Annamaría Amato + Ramón Solé

Hi! Today we start a new month, and I am starting a new section for the blog. I hope you like it!! The section is dedicated to all things handmade that are produced in Barcelona, and meet the following criteria: well made, beautiful, stylish, different… I’m kicking off this section today with a lovely couple who recycle and restore items that have been discarded by others, and which they have either found on the street, or been given by friends. They are Amato Sole.

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