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FOOD-DRINK
A Modern Guide to Sherry
Sherry references infuse culture, from kitchens to cocktail bars, short stories, poetry and beyond—not to mention the celebrated use of sherry casks in whisky-making. We all know that sherry is important. But many people simply do not know what it...
TRAVEL
LeDomaine: Europe's First Google Glass-Equipped Hotel
Situated among rolling hills of vineyards and the sprawling Douro River in Spain, the Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine luxury hotel is a portrait Old World charm. Once a monastery, the sprawling estate is located two hours north of Madrid and has seen...
STYLE
CH Edition: ECOALF Anorak
Every now and then we at CH find ourselves overly intrigued by a certain brand or product—usually one that shares our obsession with aesthetics, pursuit for quality and dedication to innovation. And when the stars align, a collaboration is born...
CULTURE
Acid Magazine
To the outside world, surfers may seem like an obsessive bunch. Piling into a station wagon, driving for hours in search of rideable peaks in the depths of winter, shuffling across snow-covered trails in nothing but a few millimeters of neoprene...
STYLE
Royal Caballito
Though born and raised in Madrid, Diana Saldaña is very much an international figure. As an art historian who specializes in self-portrait photography, she's worked at PHOTOEspaña Festival in Madrid, Magnum Photos in Paris and LA's Getty Museum...
DESIGN
Cristian Reyes Studio Giros Table
Amongst the many emerging industrial designers we met while visiting Feria Habitat Valencia in September 2012, Cristian Reyes Studio was a true standout. In the year since our introduction, the Spanish designer has continued to experiment in warm...
DESIGN
Patricia Urquiola: Time to Make a Book
Championed for her eclectic eye and design style, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is one of the most sought-after minds in contemporary design. To offer a comprehensive look at her expansive portfolio of architectural projects and product designs...
DESIGN
The Corkigami Chair
When we first stumbled across Carlos Ortega Design in 2012 at Feria Habitat Valencia, we were drawn to the creative designs and sheer quality of traditional woodworking techniques. Now more than a year later, the brand introduces the new Corkigami...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: San Sebastian
This summer saw all kinds of action in San Sebastian, Spain, and those festivities aren't over yet. With July's International Jazz Festival, the Semana Grande with parties, bullfights and fireworks, and the Zinemaldia International Film Festival...
DESIGN
"Estrada: Sailing Through Design"
The AIGA National Design Center welcomes its newest exhibit Estrada: Sailing Through Design, by celebrated Spanish graphic designer Manuel Estrada, with a gigantic clock-like image on its glass windows. The spinning dial is not a typical clock hand...
TECH
Wavegarden 2.0
The idea of a wave-pool often calls to mind crowded water-parks with little ripples that are hardly worthy of their name. Spain's Wavegarden, the emerging leader in wave-pool technology is quickly changing that. Wavegarden creates consistently...
DESIGN
Interview: Patricia Urquiola
In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian...
DESIGN
Marset Scotch Club Light
In 1959, having skipped the popular band format to play music on a record player, a local dancehall owner in Aachen, Germany asked a young journalist in the crowd to take over and announce and comment on songs as they were played to entertain an...
DESIGN
LaSelva Studio
Exploring the satisfying contrast between powder-coated metal and raw or lacquered wood, young Spanish design studio LaSelva highlighted their petite collection of mixed material furniture at this year's Feria Habitat Valencia. On view at the Nude...
DESIGN
Pensando en Blanco 3am
In 1913 an unknown baker recorded the process of making double fermented bread. In his account he told the story of getting up at 3am to begin preparing the batch and, while waiting for the exact moment in which the loaves were ready to be placed...
DESIGN
Santorini Lamps by Estudio Sputnik
Founded by four former classmates, Valencia-based Estudio Sputnik is a young, multidisciplinary design collective with a focus on innovation in everyday objects. Exhibiting as part of Nude, Feria Habitat Valencia's showcase of emerging Spanish designers...
DESIGN
Carlos Ortega Design
We jumped at the chance to visit Spain for this year's Feria Habitat Valencia to check out the latest in Spanish and global furniture design. Nestled among the booths of notable names and industry vets, we found Nude, a gem of an exhibition showcasing...
DESIGN
Antiatoms
by Matilde Angelucci Aránzazu Moreno B, Alejandra Salvatore and Sofía Uquillas are the founders of Antiatoms, a multidisciplinary studio located in Madrid. Since 2005, they have integrated their respective skills to develop projects focused...
DESIGN
Lacambra
Founded less than a year ago, Spain-based Lacambra hand-makes leather products with an emphasis on clean lines, simplistic design and customizable options. While the range of bags, backpacks and cases seems basic at first look, their thoughtful...
DESIGN
¡Oh! ¡Un zig-zag!
Illustrator Antonio Ladrillo maintains a humble profile. "I live in Barcelona," he says, "and I spend most of my time creating creatures, designing banners and flyers for night clubs, printing t-shirts and painting big black spots on pictures. I...
CULTURE
Miguel Ángel Sánchez
Spanish photographer Miguel Ángel Sánchez moved from Madrid to Cairo in 2009, a year before the Arab Spring thrust the country into the world's spotlight. Despite being in the eye of one of the greatest political and social storms of a...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Santa & Cole
Sponsored content: Producing indoor and outdoor products since the 1980s, iconic Spanish furniture brand Santa & Cole is one of the lesser-known but more innovative design firms in existence. The forward-thinking company continues to expand into...
DESIGN
Dvelas
Impressive new Spanish designer Dvelas held court last week during Valencia Disseny Week as they promoted nautical furniture upcycled from vintage sail cloth at the show for young designer's called Nude. The company's creations come with a tag...
DESIGN
Habitat Valencia 2011, Part Two
A slightly more sober follow-up to last week's report on anthropomorphic design spied at Habitat Valencia, here we've surveyed the best in clever furniture solutions from Spain. The following spans ideas for minimalists who don't even want to own candleholders...
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