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Autumn leaves

30 Sep
Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Metro station Liceu

The last day of September, and after a rather hot week last week, it seems Autumn has come to visit Barcelona again. Leaves are gathering on the ground, leaving barer branches reflected in windows, and balconies are being cleared for cooler weather is coming…

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Passeig de Joan de Borbò

Brown leaves, such a symbol of Autumn, aren’t they? There are lots of them around Barcelona, and not only of the natural kind. Just keep your eyes open, and look around you, and you will see!

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Torrent de l’Olla

Leaves carved into panels on wooden doors, or scratched into walls the two-tone sgraffito way…

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

I forgot where this is…

…as well as forged from iron, and gracing window bars.

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Dagueria

While they haven’t all quite fallen yet, and the sun is shining in the right direction, you can see their beautiful shadows cast on corner walls, like I saw yesterday morning… Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Autumn leaves found in details around Barcelona's buildings

Carrer Tamarit

Funky tiles

11 Sep

Funky tiles in Barcelona

It is a public holiday here, so just a quick and short post today. Some time ago I spotted some funky tiles on a street in the Sant Antoni area.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Their indented decorative elements caught my eye for their simple and playful nature.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

I could see myself having tiles like this in my home. Perhaps in a matte version, in shades of black, greige or white…

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Don’t miss tomorrow’s post, for it’s a new installment in the BCN at home series, and I will take you to a cool pad in the Eixample.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Museum snaps

6 Jun
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The new courtyard

While in Amsterdam last week, I made it a point to revisit the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and have a look at the collections as well as the way the building has been refurbished. I was not disappointed. Here are some details I wanted to share with you: museum snaps. Enjoy!

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Step windows

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Courtyard vista

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Ladies in the window

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Stained sponsors

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Vaulted ceiling

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The Night Watch

Squares + circles

13 May
Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Happy Monday! Every week is  like a new game on a board, where Mondays are square one, and we hop from one space on the board to the next, squares + circles, until we arrive at Sunday… This thought came to me while I spotted these decorative elements on several of Barcelona’s buildings, so I thought I’d share them with you today.

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Can you imagine playing hop-scotch on the walls of this building in the Born? Or moving checker pieces on the doors of the Santa Maria del mar?

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Santa Maria del Mar

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

The squares + circles on the City Hall building on Plaça de Sant Miquel would make for a wonderful playground to hop from one square to the next, or throw balls into the circles, don’t you think? How about we make this week into a game? It sounds more fun that way, doesn’t it? In any case, and whether you are game or not, have a wonderful week, everyone!

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

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

Golden

22 Apr
There is gold to be found in Barcelona

Marbles- Plaça Sant Jaume

Happy Monday! It’s a new week, filled with golden opportunities…  or perhaps just the chance to spot golden details (like these from my archives) around Barcelona?

There is gold to be found in Barcelona

Sunrise – Carrer Nou de la Rambla

There is gold to be found in Barcelona

Flaky – Somewhere in Gracia

There is gold to be found in Barcelona

Fortuitous – Passeig de Gràcia

Have a good one, folks!

There is gold to be found in Barcelona

Golden brown – Tibidabo

Hello Spring!

20 Mar
Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

Plaça de Lluis Millet

Hello Spring! You are always a welcome arrival! Longer days, rising temperatures, flowers blooming everywhere… Even Barcelona’s buildings are flowering in your honor, showing off various decorative techniques, such as the sgraffito in its two-tone glory (above), and an interior version which has been painted over in just one colour (below).

Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

Carrer Alzina

Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

La Rambla

Some buildings boast colourful mosaics (above) with floral motives, while other, more humble ones, apply a cast iron flower to a simple door (below).

Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

Carrer Pou de l’Estanc

Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

Carrer Aragò

Wrought iron, here in a delicate example on the windows of Fundaciò Tàpies (above), and the bas-relief technique (below) applied to a single bud in a crown of leaves. All these gorgeous flowers are a tribute to the season that starts today: Hello Spring!

Barcelona Cute Suite Spring blooms

Carrer Calella

For more examples of floral beauties on Barcelona’s buildings, check this post from 2011.

Love triangle

20 Dec 004 Triangles
001 Triangles

Well carved – Carrer Bergara

One day I spotted these carvings on a door not far from where I live and something stirred inside me… I wasn’t terribly sure of what, until I started spotting more triangular shapes, and then I know I was in a love triangle!

002 Triangles

Going this way and that… Carrer Bolivia

Here’s what my camera, these triangles and I have prepared for you – enjoy!

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Heavenly hinges

26 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Swirly – Ronda Universitat

Among the many embellishments on buildings in Barcelona in the time of the Modernisme movement, even doors received their generous dose, and heavenly hinges can be found on various beautiful doors around town.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Expansive – Carrer Princesa

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Swirly :: 2 – Carrer Minerva

Ornate, swirly, dotted with studs and often depicting flowers or even dragons, these hinges were handmade by the smiths of the era.

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Casa Macaya

23 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Casa Macaya’s regal main entrance

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a gathering of architectural bloggers for a guided tour of Casa Macaya, a modernist building on Passeig de Sant Joan 108, which has recently been restored and reopened to the public. It is a true gem of the Modernista style and was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of Barcelona’s great architects of that period.

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Grand in every way, even underneath

Richly adorned with detailing in materials and styles typical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is one in particular which I found delightful, and it is the depiction of the architect on a bicycle (below). For this is the mode of transport he chose to use while travelling between the sites of Casa Macaya and Casa Amatller (on Passeig de Gràcia) which were being constructed at the same time, and which show certain similarities.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Cycling was the way forward… even then!

Other details include gorgeous sgraffiti, ornate carvings around windows, doorways, pillar bases and tops, and the base of the staircase that goes to the first floor, as well as wrought iron railings, balcony supports and window grilles…

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