This weekend (Feb. 10-12) Barcelona hosts the first annual LLUM BCN ’12. Over sixty nine of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings will be lit up in celebration of the Santa Eulàlia festival.
This year the city has jumped on the digital bandwagon by offering a digital photo contest allowing visitors and locals to photograph buildings and artistic lighting shows using the picture sharing platform: INSTAGRAM.
The competion is simple- upload your pictures using Instagram, and tag your photo using the hashtag: #llumbcn12
A jury will then select the top three images that embodies the spirit of the city. Prizes include: a Brompton Bicycle, A pair of Munich trainers or a dinner for two at the Moritz Factory.
For those of you participating this weekend here at Pulso we want to see what you guys are up to- follow us on instagram at PULSOBCN and share your pictures.
For More Information: www.bcn.cat/santaeulalia
Commuting in the 21st Century-
56 Meters deep into the arteries of Barcelona’s metro grid, the station at Iglesia Major is impressive in both its feat of engineering and futuristic aesthetic.
Comprised of four levels, glass elevators zip up and down the rails creating an effect which can be astonishing and terrorizing that the future is here.
*photo By David Naveira
If you like your girls like you like your jeans (cheap, skinny and trashy) head over to APOLO on Monday night (Feb 6th) and raise your Budweiser to celebrate the 7th anniversary of NASTY MONDAY.
At this point Nasty Mondays has become a Barcelona institution for glam rock, 80’s throwbacks, mixed with modern indie rock classics mixed by legendary God-like status DJ’s MADMAX & SÖREN.
Sala Apolo- Nou De La Rambla, 111 Barcelona
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Now in its 15th edition DOCS BARCELONA contributes to an industry sector that is often left in the dark during times of financial crisis.
On January 31st documentary film lovers can enjoy a week-long festival of documentaries showing at some of the city’s most iconic cultural locations. Thanks to a the generosity of these sponsors , Docs Barcelona continues to showcase the best documentary films presented to a city whose never-ending thirst for culture is refreshing.
Unique in its format, Docs Barcelona acts as a springboard for lesser known international documentary directors as well as covering a wealth of topics and points of views. From the periphery to the mainstream you can find all of this years selection here.
Docs Barcelona also serves as a platform for unfinished documentaries by helping unite independent film-makers with financial assistance in order to help these films receive regional and local distribution. The festival has now become the third largest financial forum in this aspect of the industry. Each year the festival gathers more than 300 professionals from 36 countries and provides a forum which helps young directors sharpen their pitches and correctly market their film in order to help them gain the maximum exposure when promoting their work.
For more information on venues & times: DOCS BARCELONA.
Steps away from the bustling shopping boulevard of Passeig De Gracia, elegantly situated on Calle Valencia sits Cornelia and Co. A charming space in the Eixample, which bills itself as “The Daily Picnic Store”.
With a formula that makes it both a gem for locals and visitors alike, the success of Cornelia & Co. is its ability to evolve from uptown Lunch hotspot to a romantic desert haven without missing a beat.
An effortlessly chic eatery that is more NYC than BCN – this tastefully decorated cafe houses a great dessert counter, delicatessen shop, gourmet cheese stand & fantastic lunch/dinner menus.
The staff while both friendly yet professional, reflect a off-the-cuff charm, that is usually hard to come by especially in Barcelona. From the comfortable loft like open dinning space to the intimate sidewalk terrace; this is the place to stop by when craving a delicious cappuccino and homemade carrot cake.
CORNELIA and CO.
C/Valencia 225 08007 Barcelona
+34 93 272 3956
Hours: 8 am- Midnight
*Photo By David Naveira
The one thing about Barcelona that never ceases to amaze me is, its ability to hide the greatest treasures in plain sight. On a busy street, in the Raval, behind a tin door is the entrance to Barcelona’s most forward thinking design shop AMATO SOLE.
While most designers have felt the pinch and have not been able to produce their own pieces, AMATO SOLE is changing the way furniture is designed, produced and consumed with a back to basis approach which is both stylish and budget conscious.
While the thought of recycled design usually congers up images of Design School end-of-term projects. However the design team of Annamaria Amato (Archiect & Refurbisher) & Ramón Solé (Industrial Designer) have taken over an entire warehouse and have converted the space into their Showroom/Home.
With an entire range of flea-market finds, they put an emphasis on handmade designs which are both practical yet stylish. Their showroom covers all aspects of home designs from Ramon’s amazing designer lamps, to Anna’s recyled windows that get a second chance thanks to the AMATO SOLE touch.
At their recent monthly event which showcases up and coming artists, I got the load-down on their upcoming projects from vintage desks to original iron chairs exclusively designed in-house.
Their unique dining tables and benches are among the pieces which stand out. In times where home design is is limited to Swedish mass produced furniture, Amato Sole give buyers a chance to purchase their unique designs for a fraction of what most industrial designers charge for similar pieces.
Their love for materials textures and finishes comes through loud and clear with the amount of passion they put into every handmade piece. Fall into the world of Amato Sole and your home or office will never be the same.
Amato Sole – Furniture & Design
C/ Lleialtat, 6 local int