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Watchcelona: Watches For A Modern World

26 Dec

 

WATCHCELONA  is a design firm, here in Barcelona that has been designing, watches since 1991. Located in the Eixample and using the city as its muse, the inspiration  for these watches is the pure embodiment of design and a nod to the many artists that have left their mark in the Catalan Capital.

Presenting a wide range of time pieces, Watchcelona uses the latest cultural trends to the world of watchmaking. Crafting unique watches with bold face plates and the best in contemporary design.

Watchelona also collaborates with prestigious artists and designers to round off the firm’s own collections. The line, which is closely connected to art world and the bohemian spirit, executes this with a modern approach and a variety of time pieces which will satisfy any Barcelona design junkie. 

 Over the years they have released limited editions  with images of Lorca, Chillida, Miró, and Brossa to name a few

 Watcheclona ships worldwide and offers many different models from analogue to digital time pieces all on their website.

www.watchcelona.com

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Alexis Rom for TaxiVespa

30 Oct

For those Vespa lovers zipping across the city from Plaza Tetuan to Plaza Espanya, hit the breaks at TaxiVespa ; a scooter repair shop/ accessory store that will keep your ride tight and looking good.

With the help of famed illustrator team Alexis Rom Estudio :: Atelier Vostok (a personal favorite), TaxiVespa has asked the design duo to pimp up their store and lend their signature touch in providing an excellent backdrop for the stylish store. With bold colors and mod graphics TaxiVespa  leaves the competition in the dust, thanks to their vision and understanding of corporate branding.

TAXIVESPA

C/ Viladomat, 316
08029 Barcelona, Spain
934 396 798

BAR_celona: 360 SkyBar- Hotel Barcelo Raval

9 Oct

Every night at 7pm the rooftop of the Hotel Barcelo presents their nightly sunset session on the rooftop terrace aptly named 360, enter through the lobby take the 3rd elevator up to the 11th floor and enjoy the Barcelona Sunset. With spectacular views of Montjuic, the beaches  and the entire city. You can watch the city lights turn on as you sip mojitos and experience Barcelona at a bird’s eye view.  The perfect place to start up your night or wind down after work, 360 is one of those emergency exits the city hides so well as a welcome change from the chaotic streets of El Raval.

HOTEL BARCELO – RAVAL

Rambla Raval, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
933 201 490

Creative Director Alvaro Beamud Cortés Does It Again

17 Mar

Creative director Alvaro Beamud Cortés is at the helm of the sleekest fashion magazine in Spain, 5 magazine at only 28 he has a great vision for what is going on in fashion. Alvaro´s eye for detail has enabled the magazine to lead the pack and constantly deliver fashion editorials that convey beauty, style and a fresh point of view–with the newest models in every issue.

Forever the multitasker, Alvaro has managed to juggle parallel lives as the creative director of 5 and as a well travelled photographer. His journeys in Italy and Morocco are a major influence on his work, and it is this creative balance that has allowed him to publish in international magazines: Flair, L´Officiel, Biba and Ponytail–to name a few.check out more about the magazine at

http://www.5-magazine.com

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Coolhunting Barcelona_Objeto De Deseo

9 Mar

 

Located in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, OBJETO DE DESEO  has caught the eye of the international magazines and has even made  Tyler Brule take proper notice of this  Wonderland inspired house  of genuine oddities and artistic nonsense.  A  Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, the store boast an impressive list of global artists and taste-makers housed in one extraordinary pristine setting.

Objeto de Deseo  has become the first object gallery in Barcelona, to carefully curate an eclectic selection of limited edition pieces for the home or office . Effortlessly blending styles in a sort of high-end KITCH, the shop is perfect for those who have a sense of humor when it comes to home decor and are on an eternal quest  for the perfect conversation piece.

 Littered with white pedestals bathed in white light this is a place where Rock and Roll dented ming vases stand silently under white porcelain deers while futuristic garden gnomes vie for your attention and wallet. 

Open Mon-Fri, this avant-guard home accessory emporium  is a must stop for those who collect one of a kind pieces rather than cheap plastic snow globes and magnets when travelling abroad.

Vinçon Presents The “Pirelli Calendar” Of Shopping Bags

27 Dec

The design force which is Vinçon is a classic store housed in a stunning modernista building on Passeig de Gracia.  Originally the CASA of Ramon Casas, friend (and mentor) of Picasso. The store is a must stop, when in Barcelona. With two floors, an art space and a spectacular terrace- Vinçon is a shrine to design.  Which brings forth design enthusiasts like moths to a sleek designed flame.

It is only fitting that such an iconic store would have an equally iconic bag. Every year  the store releases a holiday version of their bag which has become a holiday tradition for over 30 years.The Vinçon holiday bag has become the equivalent of the Pirelli Calendar. Designed by America Sanchez, these bags have won countless awards for their originality and humour.

2009 HOLIDAY BAG

Mariscal, Latin Pati Nuñez and Sanchez are some of the professionals who have routinely transform business ideas into images of the company  which have left the building and spilled out onto the streets of Barcelona

As far back as 1972 -Vinçon has been awarded the trophy for:” best Laus corporate identity” honoring the graphic image of Vinçon.  Sanchez, who has since become responsible for maintaining the image often re-tweaking the bags, with only subtle changes noticeable to the public. The design of the bags, however, is renewed twice a year and has become somewhat of a collector item for the people who love their Mariscal wallpaper and  Jean Nouvel Chandaliers.

To see the amazing catalogue of Vinçon shopping bags morph through the years click {HERE}

Passeig de Gràcia, 96
08008 Barcelona
Tel. (+34) 93 215 6050

3D iCandy: “AS ONE” by makoto yabuki

26 Nov

A few weeks ago ArtFutura curated a show about technological advancements in the art world. Artists using new media to express themselves and give insight into the future direction of art.

“As One” is a beautiful animation included in the 3D Futura Show of this year edition. The artist, Makoto Yabuki, was already featured at ArtFutura two years ago with another wonderful work: Manakai. [via Facebook]

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