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Amato Sole Design Within Reach ( For Real)

1 Dec

 

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
08001 Barcelona
info@amatosole.com
www.amatosole.com

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MODO DESIGN- DESIGN FOR THE TIMES

24 Mar

With a clean and contemporary design philosophy Barcelona Based MODO DESIGN has kept ahead of the game by offering solutions in a modern world.

From Private residences in Menorca to restaurants in Barcelona, and most recently winner of the exclusive design competition that awarded MODO DESIGN STUDIO the first place for their presentation of a 2,110 Sq Meter private villa in Morocco. Modo Design continues to push the bounds of contemporary architecture in Catalonia and around spain.

Back in 2007, MODO DESIGN STUDIO was founded by CHRISTIAN SINTES MIDMORE and DAVID DOMINGUEZ FUSTER
both professors at the prestigious ETSALS  School of Architecture in Barcelona. In just four short year the studio has created some of  their most visionary work  and has combined their mediterranean sensibilities into a studio with a global vision. Modo has redefined the use of conceptual design due to their intense attention to light and space used in private residences as well as commercial spaces.

In 2010, due to the success of MODO, Christian and David decided to expand the studio to include their own line of lighting and home Accessories -DOMO.  Inspired by their design philosophy and dedication to the creation of one of a kind pieces.

PULSOBCN caught up with Christian & David (MODO DESIGN STUDIO) for a quick chat about the evolution of the studio, Spotify, Favorite restaurants and how they have not let the crisis become a 6 letter word but have rather adapted well to the changes in the market; managing to expand their design philosophy to the current global situation.

Hi Guys, Thanks for meeting up with us !

How Did you guys realize you wanted to work together and how did the name come about?

CHRISTIAN: Actually we became great partners during our career at the ETSALS university. I guess we were very used to deal with each others manner, and became great friends on personal level, and great partners on the professional level. We complement each other very well. Modo responds to “Multiple purpose design office”.

DAVID: We met in our second year at the university  in a projects course. We got along well and also shared interest for the same type of architecture. At the end of the year we decided to make a students competition together, and we won.

Would you describe your point of view Catalan? How has being raised in Menorca/Barcelona effected your design style?

C: Well, I would´t say our point of view is necessarily  “Catalan”, we are now focused in generating our own “manner” or “working style”, I dont´t think this manner is very influenced by the Catalan Design, but there is somehow a spanish approach in terms of commitment to a strong concept for each project. The economic situation in the country is not the best you can imagine, so we usually opt for a very strong idea that can be built in an easy way. That does not mean that it is an “easy idea”, we usually like to use the “simple complexity” as a term to describe our work.

D: We have a certain way of doing things that could be related to Barcelona. But mainly because some people who have influenced us live in Barcelona.

If you could redesign one architectural gem in Barcelona which one would you like to take a go at?

C: Realistically I don´t think there is a “supericon” that we would like to design. We like all types of design, no matter if we are designing an interior, a furniture peace or an iconic museum, we are now open to all types of creative developments. I think this is why we have a range of projects which we offer our clients.

D: I would like to do something with Plaça Catalunya. Itʼs a very important place that never really worked well.

I agree!! It would be great to see the focal point of Barcelona redone to fit the style of the city and serve as a gateway to all the arteries that radiate from the center. What would be a collaboration would you like to see happen with your studio (Who is your dream client)?

C: One open to new ideas and with no economic restrictions… <Laughs> Everyone´s dream I guess !!

D: Each client is different. The most important thing for a good relation is that thereʼs a mutual understanding and respect.

What has been your favorite job?

C: We had a lot of fun when we won the “europan 9 competition”, we had just finished our studies at the university, and it opened a great way to take de decision of opening our own “Atelier”.

D: The European 9 project in Soria has been really interesting and has given us a lot of experience dealing with the public administration.

What is a typical day at the MODO/DOMO Studio? Do you guys prefer to work with Music OR do you guys have a muse?

C: Coffee, Phone Calls, Spotify, loads of models and sketches… We don´t have as much time as we would like to “think more and workless”, but we are confident to make that happen sometime! We listen to all kinds of music during the day. We share music with our collaborators, so we always have a nice background.

D: We usually deal with a lot of issues, itʼs all day phone calls and mails. But we love the ongoing “stress”. Spotify is always a good option. We have developed a few fantastic Modo playlists.

Design in times of Crisis? or WHAT CRISIS?

C: Definitely what crisis…Crisis is an oportunity to open new ways of investigation and creative development. Thanks to crisis we have been able to open DOMO Product Design, redesign a new housing system www.b-house.es, and generate a greater social network “crossed visions always enrich the final solution”. We are now in touch with different universities in order to implement workshops, we are teaching, and we are looking forward to export some of our designs internationally.

D: Crisis has given us the opportunity to rethink our way of dealing with design. As an emerging studio it is always interesting to develop new approaches to several problems.

Who do you think has been the most influential Designer in Barcelona?

C: I would not say that Barcelona has a highly influential figure who is able to outshine all designers, I would rather say that there is a lot of potential in little studios aiming to break into the international market. There are very good designers here, you only need a few google clicks to find out. It has been hard, but I think people are becoming more confident now with younger designers and with fresh ideas than a few years ago.

D: In our architecture school years Enric Miralles was a big influence for almost everybody. He was able to open a new and singular way to express spatial matters.

How has your work changed in the last few years?

C: We are a very young studio in terms of architecture, and have not been able to build as much as we would have liked. We started building a few houses and interiors. After our first buildings we were called on to redesign the facade of a very well-known hospital “Clínica Corachan” in collaboration with LLRR architects a project which is currently under construction. As I said before we designed “the b-house project”, out of the imperative necessity to investigate solutions for “low cost housing” designed with “sustainable and low impact” parameters. We are now in a time of expansion.

D: It has changed in many ways. The last years have given us a lot of experience and nowadays we are more aware of the concrete specificities of every design type.

What is your favorite bar/restaurant/hangout where we can find you on a sunday afternoon?

C. I have quite a few personal favorites; I very often visit  “la burg restaurant”. It is almost a tradition for me having dinner at “san telmo bar-restaurant” during the weekends. I would also recommend “les gens que j´aime” and “the banker bar” designed by Patricia Urquiola at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

D: On Sundays I usually grab some sushi at ʻKibukaʼ a Japanese restaurant located in the barrio of Gracia next to our studio…

For more information on MODO or to contact Christian and David directly please email them at modo@modo.st

MODO. Architecture & Interiors

www.modo.st / www.domo.st / www.b-house.es

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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Casa Decor 09 Barcelona

12 Nov

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The 15th edition of one of the world’s greatest design fairs opens today, November 12 and runs through December 13. Already a staple in design cities such as  London, Miami, Sao Paulo, Milan, Lisboa & Madrid.

 Casa Decor, is a yearly event where the most talented of architects, interior designers and manufacturers show off their talent under one roof. The purpose of Casa Decor  is to create fully decorated rooms which temporarily transform empty buildings. This year the location is the famous CASA LLORENC in the eixample district of Barcelona.

The space  allows the designers to showcase their talent to industry leaders and visitors alike. Guests walk from bedroom to bathroom, kitchen to home office designed with the look and feel of each company’s brand. The perfect platform to meet the people who move and design the trends which we will be following in the upcoming year.  PulsoBCN favorite ARQUITECTURA-G,  will be showing at Casa Decor this year, so if you attend make sure to say hi.

 A specially designed restaurant and bar (usually a collaboration between a local restaurant group with a favorite design house) is fully functioning and is open for breakfast, lunch and for private events in the evening.

CASA DECOR 09  BARCELONA

 Location: Casa Llorenc   C/Corsega 261                                                             Open: 11-21hr_ everyday from 12.11.09 through 13.12.09                              Admission:12 euros

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Recdi8_An International Design Treasure Chest In El Borne

23 Sep

logoIf  “design” is your drug of choice; then look no further for a supplier.

Design shop treasure chest  recdi8, will satisfy the urge of even the most jaded cool hunter.

This small store located in the painfully cool neighborhood of EL BORNE,  carries the latest and greatest from such great designers as Tom Dixon, and Barcelona’s latest  “IT”  deisgn force MITE MITE (http://www.mitemite.es/),  whose crime fighting bag made headlines around the world. ( **The crime bag can also be found at recdi8)

The store’s playful approach to design is a welcome sight in an area populated with hipper than thou shoe stores and modern tapaterias. 

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 The brainchild  of owners Alex Baeza, Albert Vuidez, Norbert Frei; recdi8 is a shop that makes design readily available to the masses. With over 15 years of design experience, the shop in the Borne is an extension of their  design firm which has been dressing up Barcelona’s slickest spaces to date.  With an eye for global trends and their calibrated eyes every piece in here is worth it’s weight in gold.

If you are searching for limited edition pieces and unique home accessories; head over to recdi8 and get your fix.

Recdi8_Design Shop:  C/Espaseria 7,  El Borne  www.recdi8-shop.com

Recdi8_Showroom:  C/ Flor del Lliri, 4, El borne www.recdi8.com

Benvingut!!

7 Sep

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