We just arrived back in Barcelona this morning, but were lucky enough to bump into the opening of “El Nacional“, an ambitious gastronomic space of over 2600 square meters, set in a converted parking lot and featuring multiple restaurants and bars. As it turns out, it’s the newest brainchild of genius restaurateur Lluís Cañadell (of Boca Grande fame, another one of our Barcelona favorites) and interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who really outdid himself again. The extremely detailed and completely custom bars, furniture and lighting pieces evoke the atmosphere of the Barcelona of the thirties and forties. Together with the perfect background music and a mouthwatering choice of quality food from all corners of the Iberian Peninsula, it’s just an incredibly immersive experience. Perfection! We’ll be back for more… Read more ›
Articles by: Dieter
On Bleecker Street you’ll find the third New York City outpost of the Australian skin care brand Aesop – well-known for their visually stunning flagship stores all over the world. Instead of going for a singular look for all their shop interiors (as almost all other fashion and cosmetics houses do), they work with many talented architects and designers to create a completely unique and different interior in each location, often drawing inspiration from the context.
In this little gem of a shop the designers of Melbourne-based March Studio where inspired by the neighborhood’s bohemian past, creating a warm and intimate interior using wooden wall paneling, gorgeous brass details and a leather floor. We’re especially loving the Louis Poulsen pendant light and the huge brass sink – a signature detail coming back in every Aesop store, where you can try out all their quality products, before treating yourself to a new soap or shampoo – pleasing both your skin as well as your eyes: their highly stylized black bottles add an instant dose of design to your bathroom! Read more ›
Helder is a combination of a shop and a design studio, founded in 2010 by Brecht Baert and Diana Keller, who have a background in interior design and fashion design (the two met while working at Ann De Meulemeester). They have an eye for beautiful objects, and sell not only home decor items and furniture, but also jewelry and accesories. They focus on high-quality, mostly handmade objects, often produced on a small scale in Belgian or Dutch ateliers.
You’ll find ceramics from Makkum, the oldest ceramics atelier of the Netherlands, and the ‘D-tile’ range, ‘a system which allows any space or object to be completely covered with tiles’. Read more ›
Modern Shapes is a small but intriguing shop in the Kloosterstraat, founded by Michael Franken and specializing in incredibly beautiful ceramic objects (pottery, vases, art pieces, …) by European artists, both vintage and contemporary. One of the designers Michael focuses on, is the Italian born but Belgium based artist Antonio Lampecco, a passionate and humble ceramist who’s still active at 81 years old. Other artists represented are Piet Knepper (60′s), Karl Scheid (70′s), Beate Kuhn (60′s), Wendelin Stahl (60′s), Bruno and Ingeborg Asshoff (70′s) and others. Read more ›
Easily one of our favorite stops in the Kloosterstraat -a street in the center of Antwerp housing many antiques and design stores- is VIAR. The store, run by shop owner Verlaine, is a classic in the Kloosterstraat, having been there since 15 years. The huge and beautiful, loft-like space is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage design furniture (roughly ranging from the 40′s till the 80′s). Apart from the unique furniture pieces, they also sell a smaller selection of vintage clothing, often including real haute-couture treasures. Read more ›