As an epicenter for modern and classic architecture, there isn’t an important artistic style that didn’t flourish in Barcelona. We love this Spanish city for its fashionably trendy inhabitants, avant-garde gastronomic culture, and its extemporaneous attitude. But as design junkies, we can’t get enough of this coastal capital’s interior design. One such object of our obsession is a cheerful renovated apartment in the Eixample District (home of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia) by DS Architects.
The architectural firm wanted to keep the original details in tact- shuttered floor to ceiling windows, classic mouldings and crystal chandeliers are all polished to perfection. But what we really can’t get enough of are the ceramic tile floors, made popular amongst Barcelona’s high society during the Art Nouveau period. While everything else is kept at a modern minimalist level, the geometric floors are able to steal the show. If you love this look as much as we do, there are several purveyors of Spanish-style cement tile- the Cement Tile Shop has some show-stopping patterns. And if the stylishness of these tiles wasn’t reason enough to order it for your next remodel, then know that it’s a green and sustainable option, too- they require no heating when they are made, therefore no toxic fumes seep into the air.
The firm tied in the rest of the decor by keeping it simple and modern. The working tables in the study provide a much needed pop of red, while the leather butterfly chair adds a hint of earthiness to the space. The bronze bust is a clever way to bring in the classic elements of the apartment. We can even spot a few Ikea pieces such as the Malm dressers and rattan pendants, showing that good design comes at all price-points.
All in all we’d love to be enjoying a crisp glass of cava while basking in the Spanish afternoon sun. It seems like the perfect place to have some alone time while also somewhere that you’d like to share with a great group of friends until the early hours of the morning.
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