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STYLE
Mohair #2 Collection by Datura
After eight years of working in the fashion industry—including a brand under her own name—Majorca-raised Stefania Borras uses her collected experiences to hit all the right marks with her line, Datura. Launched last year, Datura is designed in New...
DESIGN
The Indoor and Outdoor FollowMe Lamp from Marset
Barcelona is known for its flair—in natural geography, architecture and style of the city's inhabitants. With this in mind, it's no surprise one of the most exciting companies in lighting at the moment hails from the coastal city. Though Marset...
CULTURE
Odiseo Vol. 2
When viewing adult entertainment through rose-tinted glasses, the longstanding joke about "gentlemen's magazines" is that the pictures are nice, but one subscribes for the articles. While we all know this is hardly the case with most newsstand nudie...
DESIGN
Grapple by Ryan Frank
Barcelona-based designer Ryan Frank has invented a modular hanging system called Grapple. The molded hooks have a buckle feature which allows them to be set at different heights along strands of webbing and hold items of various weights, such as...
CULTURE
Make Lionel Bigger
Judging from their cheeky Kickstarter video, the Barcelona-based creative studio Hungry Castle has a major thing for Flock of Seagulls hairdos, Tom Selleck mustaches, bright pants, popped-collar denim, plastic grandma glasses and general vamping...
DESIGN
Mettsass Relaunch
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Barcelona Design has just relaunched "Mettsass", a table design by Ettore Sottsass from 1972. The original table marks both BD's inaugural year as well as Sottsass's first design for the company, which would be...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Rough Cut: LoSiento
by Gregory Stefano While in Barcelona recently (thanks to Red) we visited Borja Martínez, the founder of LoSiento, a studio that specializes in 3D typography, packaging and product design. Young and imaginative, the small firm is constantly...
DESIGN
Tres Tintas
Tres Tintas, a Barcelona-based company, was founded by three brothers, Jaime, Mitos and Daniel Bermejo. In part inspired by their father, Jaime Bermejo Sr. whose company Papeles Pintados Aribau has manufactured beautifully printed papers for the...
TRAVEL
Muxu
Barcelona label Muxu designs durable attire suitable for cycling, yet refined for urban environments. Recently launched, they make their limited line of comfortably lightweight shorts, shirts and accessories in Portugal out of cotton and spandex...
TECH
Stick With Me Baby
The Stick With Me Baby stickers from imaginative Barcelona-based studio Herraiz Soto & Co cleverly liven up MacBooks. Playing off the glowing Apple symbol, the stickers come in the form of mos and bros. When you're ready to remove it or switch it...
CULTURE
Illustrator Oscar Giminez
Says Barcelona-based illustrator, Oscar Giminez, of his beautiful line drawings, "I used to be a big fan of fashion illustration. When I started illustrating, that's what everybody was doing, at least in Barcelona. But I get so easily distracted...
CULTURE
Radiohead at The Daydream Festival
The pressure was on last night in Barcelona as one of the world's biggest bands took to the stage for their only gig in Spain on their European summer tour. Sinnamon Productions had to deliver something extra special to a crowd that had traveled...
CULTURE
Sutra: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + The Shaolin Monks
Sutra, the latest and most daring work by Belgian/Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui premiered at Sadlers Wells in London earlier this week. Best known for his celebrated performance with Akram Kahn in Zero Degrees, Larbi continues the collaborative...
TECH
Rojo TV
Just launched today by Barcelona-based art publisher and artist management group Rojo, their new online TV channel Rojo TV is an artsy alternative to the others. Unlike the streaming QOOB TV, which features short movies but done more by filmmakers...
CULTURE
Daydream Music Festival
Just when we thought they couldn't possibly fit any new music festivals into Barcelona's already beat-filled summers, we hear that the organizers of Summercase, Sinnamon Productions, will introduce Daydream, a new one-day festival. What'...
FOOD-DRINK
Papabubble
We recently came across the Papabubble range of sweetened goodies and who would've thought that lollies—and hard ones at that—could be made to look so creative. And delicious. It's the twists on conventional lolly types that...
CULTURE
Interview with Alex Trochut
Deanne Cheuk name-checked him in a recent interview we did with her, so we thought we'd peek into the artistic world of Barcelona-based illustrator, Alex Trochut. How did your assignment to illustrate the cover of Beautiful Decay magazine come...
CULTURE
Summercase 2007
Sunshine, blue skies, sand, sea and waves—sound waves that is— are all elements of summers in Barcelona, the epicenter of summer music festivals. This past weekend the city danced to the happy sounds of Summercase...
CULTURE
Kubik Pop-up Club: Barcelona, Berlin and Lisbon
We've seen the pop-up store, but a pop-up club? Kubik is a modular open-air club located in Barcelona, Berlin and Lisbon for this summer only. Designed by Balestra Berlin along with Modular Beat and lighting by Andreas Barthelmes of Light Life...
CULTURE
WK Interact: Maxalot Gallery
Starting next week, WK Interact is bombing Barcelona's Maxalot Gallery inside and out. His black and white figures will adorn gallery walls, doors and the street outside from 21 May–23 June 2007. Limited screen–prints, new mixed media...
TRAVEL
Le Cool Changed My Life
Like no other guide book you've seen, Le Cool Changed My Life. A Weird And Wonderful Guide To Barcelona didn't quite change my life but it certainly made my trip to Barcelona a lot more fun. The second edition is just out and British editor...
CULTURE
Sonarama
Ahhhh, summertime in Barcelona, can you feel the heat and the beats? Year-round this city's thumping to one rhythm or another, but summer months are a whole different story. For all the music festivals that descend on the town at this time of...
DESIGN
MVRDV's The Hungry Box + Dark Room
MVRDV's characteristically boxy work, opens tomorrow, 21 December, at Fad in Barcelona. Titled "The Hungry Box: Excursions on Capacities," the show runs through 16 January. Timed to coincide with the release of MVRDV's new book, KM3: Excursions and...
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