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February 23 2014

15:00

February 21 2014

10:57

February 13 2014

08:00

House 1101 by H Arquitectes has rooms that double as sheltered patios

Gaps between the three brick boxes of this house near Barcelona by local firm H Arquitectes can be transformed from enclosed rooms into covered patios by folding back glass doors at both ends (+ slideshow). (more...)

February 07 2014

09:00

AOO shop in Barcelona by Arquitectura-G has a stepped sisal display platform

A landscape of stepped boxes covered in sisal displays products at this Barcelona boutique by local firm Arquitectura-G. (more...)

February 01 2014

12:00

January 23 2014

22:00

Cities From The Sky

Voici de nombreuses vues impressionnantes prises depuis le ciel sur des lieux et des pays aux 4 coins du monde. New York, les pyramides d’Egypte et l’Arc de Triomphe à Paris sont assez reconnaissables mais il y a également des vues plus surprenantes comme ce cliché au milieu de l’Océan Indien. A découvrir dans la suite.


New York, Etats-Unis.

Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.

Shanghai, Chine.

Mexico, Mexique.

Barcelone, Espagne.

Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

Venise, Italie.

Spoorbuurt, Nord des Pays-Bas.

Turin, Italie.

Maldives.

Moscou, Russie.

San Francisco, États-Unis.

Paris, France.

Seattle, Etats-Unis.

Chicago, États-Unis.

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December 12 2013

10:00

At Home with Jaime

Interior designer Jaime Beriestain is inviting everyone around to his place for a bite to eat and some helpful hints on sprucing up their own homes. Nice of him isn’t it? The Chilean is a big noise on the Barcelona style scene and his new concept store knits together the personal and the professional, with a café serving up the kind of Chilean dishes he prepares for his friends at home, and a shop choc-full of carefully curated interior décor goodies.

Jaime’s eatery seats 80 but has an intimate and welcoming feel; decked out in fine style, there is some lovely rustic parquetry on the floor and stripped back farmhouse tables add to the welcome. The blend of industrial concrete and exposed brick with touches of glamour – those two vintage Italian chandeliers from the 1960s and the elegant marble bar for example – work brilliantly. When you have eaten your fill, head to the retail side of the business where you can pick up some stylish touches of your own to take home. You can find almost anything here, from vintage furniture to fragrances, books to flowers.

Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona
Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona
Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona
Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona
Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona
Jaime Beriestain Concept Store and Café — Barcelona

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December 09 2013

13:41

Interchangeable and Unbreakable sunglasses made in Barcelona

 

MTLL CAP MARRO CAP1 Interchangeable and Unbreakable sunglasses made in Barcelona

Everyday we put on different clothes, mixing and matching our looks. But our most visible accessory, our glasses, almost always stays the same. If one pair of glasses means one pair of lenses, that means we spend a lot of money or sacrifice quality in order to have different pairs of glasses.
But what if we change that?

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The frames have a solid internal structure that gives you the fit you are used to, while the exterior is made from an innovative soft material, bringing added comfort you can’t find with traditional frames. This external material is what allows the lenses to be extracted and reinserted into any pair of UNIQBROW frames.

We are super dedicated to quality which is why 100% of UNIQBROW glasses are made in our hometown of Barcelona. We have partnered with Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision, a brand of Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlenses, the lenses manufacturer with the highest standards in the industry, to bring you the highest quality lenses in todays optical market.
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December 07 2013

20:00

December 06 2013

10:55

Sculptural Metallic Leaves in Barcelona

Les équipes espagnoles de cabinet b720 Arquitectos ont repensé l’architecture et le design du marché en extérieur barcelonais Els Encants Vells. Une création sculpturale de métal en suspension impressionnante, permettant d’allier avec talent la tradition à la modernité. A découvrir dans la suite.

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November 28 2013

08:25

Nook – Minimalist appartment in Barcelona

Nook architects have just renovated a small appartment in Barcelona. This flat is now called Roc3 and almost all the walls in it have been removed. However, “the original floors have been retained as much as possible and they have been left exactly in the original place, so you can read the old distribution of the apartment” according to the architects. The goal of this project is to optimize space in this appartment, combining living room and kitchen on one side, bedroom and bathroom on the other side of the flat. So, natural light is everywhere in Roc3 which enlarge the sensation of open space. Check out Nook architects website at nookarchitects.com.

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November 26 2013

15:18

Nook's Barcelona apartment refurb removes walls but leaves original tiled floors intact

Spanish architects Nook have renovated a small apartment in Barcelona's gothic quarter, leaving decorative floor tiles in place to reveal the original layout of the flat (+ slideshow). (more...)

10:08

Vaulted brick pavilion in Barcelona by Map13

Spanish architecture collective Map13 combined a traditional Spanish construction technique with digital design tools to create this vaulted brick pavilion in a Barcelona courtyard (+ slideshow). (more...)

November 13 2013

11:04

Barcelona Bites

Photo © We Heart

It may be a much smaller city some one hour north that currently holds the esteemed privilege of being home to the world’s number one restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, and the Basque city of San Sebastián famed for its potent concentration of Michelin stars (three of Spain’s five Michelin three-star restaurants, and two of the world’s ‘top 10′), but the Catalan capital is still a global gastronomic heavyweight, home to the game-changing Adrià brothers, and the only place on earth you can sample genuine elBulli dishes. It’s also home to the humble tapas bar that serves what America’s most awarded chef, Thomas Keller, calls the best food in Europe; Cal Pep.

It is here that, under the watchful eye of Pep himself, I watch a We Hearter shed a tear over a plate of tuna tartar – simplicity and profound sincerity in cuisine, applying bells and whistles to this sort of food would be deemed a hangable offence, and I’d gleefully watch Pep massacre anybody who sprinkled a garnish of parsley over his tortilla trampera. Unassuming, traditional to a T, Pep’s modest El Born tapas bar is first come, first served for just a few hours each lunchtime and evening, five tables can be reserved, but the experience wouldn’t be the same without fighting your way to its crowded bar.

Similarly, eating out at the tiny bars of La Boqueria – the bustling fresh food market on Las Ramblas – offers further opportunity to sharpen your elbowing skills, Pinotxo Bar is a favourite of a certain Ferran Adrià, whilst elsewhere in the city, El Xampanyet and Quimet & Quimet are two more internationally-renowned tapas bars to sandwich yourself into.

Eating Out in Barcelona

Barraca — Barcelona

Eating Out in Barcelona

Dos Palillos — Barcelona
Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Eating Out in Barcelona

Café Kafka — Barcelona

And what of aforementioned brothers elBulli, our recent reviews of Tickets and 41° Experience find the frontiersmen of molecular gastronomy in good form, while newly-opened Peruvian/Japanese eatery Pakta proves their expanding BCN 5.0 chain is fit for the domination it’s been promising. High-end fare is in abundance elsewhere too, four hotel restaurants (Moments, Lasarte, Enoteca and ABaC) share eight Michelin stars between them, and the elBulli factor continues to resonate, after ten years at the restaurant, Albert Raurich launched the stupendous Dos Palillos, itself the proprietor of those most famous of tyre-manufacturer’s stars.

This being Barcelona – home of Antoni Gaudí, champion of the surreal, modernism, street art, electronica and all round exhilarating creativity – there’s plenty of style to chew on over your substance. Bohemian-styled Café Kafka carries the swagger of European grandeur with a knowing appreciation of the contemporary, slick hospitality chain Grupo Tragaluz is a byword for distinction throughout the city and independent experimentalists like the brilliant Eyescream and Friends (whose sharp-witted branding hails from the same studio behind cult sweet brand Happy Pills) ensure that eating out in Barcelona never gets dull.

Palate suitably whetted? Ready to cry over a dish that isn’t a hallucination-rousing Phaal? Spain’s most creative city is worth travelling to anytime of the year, if money is no object, check into El Palauet, accommodation that could slip you into a state of nirvana, we literally gushed buckets over it earlier this year. Elsewhere, the likes of The Mercer Hotel and Chic & Basic keep things aesthetically-pleasing, but for varying budgets. Still stuck? Switzerland-based website HolidayCheck offers reviews, user experiences and booking all under one virtual roof. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Girona!

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Eating Out in Barcelona

Photography © We Heart

Eating Out in Barcelona

Cal Pep — Barcelona
Courtesy, Cal Pep

Eating Out in Barcelona

41° Experience — Barcelona

Eating Out in Barcelona

Eyescream and Friends — Barcelona

Eating Out in Barcelona

Oval Burger Bar — Barcelona
Photograph, Jose Hevia

Eating Out in Barcelona

Pakta — Barcelona

Eating Out in Barcelona

Corella Meat Shop — Barcelona
Photograph, Meritxell Arjalaguer

Eating Out in Barcelona

Tickets — Barcelona
Courtesy, El Equipo Creativo

Eating Out in Barcelona

Photo © We Heart

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November 12 2013

16:06

Double Whammy

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

I can still taste the ‘hot and raw’ prawns with tea oil, a taste sensation so mesmerising that it’s now cerebrally hard-wired. Like a dog looking at a biscuit it can’t have, the mere thought of them now causes me to drool. Hot referring to their shelled heads cooking over hot coals, raw referencing their de-shelled tails, cooked solely from the residual heat – warm but slippery and succulent, they’re just one of the many pioneering techniques that chef Albert Raurich quietly employs in his kitsch little Barcelona tapas bar. Trailblazing techniques should come as no surprise, Raurich spent more than a decade at elBulli with the Adriàs, what is surprising however, is the humble setting, the humble style of his kitchen and its cuisine.

Dos Palillos may already be the proud owner of a Michelin star, but it’s a far cry from the pomp and ceremony of elBulli; its dishes will not grace the pages of coffee table books, or art galleries, but only a fool would ignore Raurich’s quiet revolution. Translating as Two Sticks, Dos Palillos combines the cuisines of two cultures famed for eating with wooden sticks: Asia and its chopsticks, Spain with its toothpicks – fusion has found itself a tad of a dirty word in the world of gastronomy, but here it is achieved with the same precision head chef Takeshi Somekawa conjures up in the former elBulli man’s kitchen.

Housed inside Spanish footwear giant Camper’s Casa Camper hotel (there’s a second outpost at the sister hotel in Berlin), Dos Palillos fuses Spanish and Asian cultures in its aesthetic as well as on the plate; fronting up amongst the narrow El Raval streets like a familiar 1950s tapas bar, a moody Japanese-inspired open kitchen cum dining room hides behind a chain curtain. Designed by local architect – and owner of hip Passeig de Gràcia design store Vinçon – Fernando Amat, the space consistently teeters on the edge of tastelessness, and knows it. I challenge you to not wear a permanent wry grin when stepping through its doors.

Brimming with humour, but intelligent and honest, Albert Raurich’s quirky reinvention of ‘fusion’ is a subtle triumph.

@casacamper

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © We Heart

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Maribel Ruiz de Ernchun

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Maribel Ruiz de Ernchun

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Francesc Guillamet

Dos Palillos — Barcelona

Photo © Lluís Capdevila

The post Double Whammy appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

November 06 2013

10:05

Scene Stealer

Photo © Pegenaute
Courtesy El Equipo Creativo

Those Adrià brothers from elBulli aren’t known for doing things by halves, so a self-assured younger brother to their box office Barcelona tapas bar Tickets was always going to be an interesting proposition. What an encore it is. Where Tickets is all front of house razzmatazz, 41° Cocktail Bar next door is a behind the scenes sort of place, where you can see the magic happen – food blog Bacon on the Beech sum it up nicely: “Tickets is like Willy Wonka’s tapas bar, 41˚ is like a cool cocktail bar on the moon”.

There’s a two hour window starting at midnight when anyone can drop in for a painstakingly mixed, almost sculptural drink, but it’s the 41° Experience that’s really packing them in. Taking up to three hours and limited to 16 people per night, the dining event is a 41-dish journey into avant-garde finger food delivered in design agency El Equipo Creativo‘s dark and atmospheric surrounds – a complete counterpoint to its flamboyant sibling. Spotlights fall on the diners, intimately illuminating them, but after the show the house lights go up a little and the centrepiece is revealed to be a show-stopping typographical bar which sits beneath ribbons of projected visuals, dangling like the tassels on a silver screen starlet’s frock. Film reels and cast iron supports reinforce that early 20th Century Hollywood feeling. Believe the hype, 41° is yet more essential viewing from the Coen brothers of the culinary world.

41 ° Experience — Barcelona
41 ° Experience — Barcelona
41 ° Experience — Barcelona

Photo © Pegenaute
Courtesy El Equipo Creativo

41 ° Experience — Barcelona

Photo © Pegenaute
Courtesy El Equipo Creativo

41 ° Experience — Barcelona
41 ° Experience — Barcelona

Photography courtesy, BCN 5.0
unless otherwise stated.

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November 03 2013

21:26

PAKTA Restaurant by El Equipo Creativo

An interweaving of Japanese and Peruvian cultures takes a literal form in the design of this restaurant by El Equipo Creativo.  The PAKTA Restaurant of Barcelona features a tapestry of Peruvian colors threaded throughout the restaurant’s interior.  The walls and ceiling are accented by this woven design element, which yields [...]

October 30 2013

17:51

The Show Must Go On

Courtesy, El Equipo Creativo

Roll up, roll up, get yer bums on yer seats and prepare for the greatest show on Earth. The mind-meltingly creative minds behind the world’s-most-famous-restaurant™ have begun their undertaking of global gastronomic domination, and it starts right here, in the place the brothers Adrià call home: Barcelona. The big brother of fledgling food and drink group BCN 5.0, Tickets may be just two years old, and elBulli just two years gone, but the theatrical Poble-sec tapas bar has already established itself as one of the city’s most important dining destinations.

Under the creative direction of local designers El Equipo Creativo, Tickets exudes the showmanship its founders are famed for – as if impudently answering back to the concept of a ‘temple of gastronomy’; “now, it’s your turn, show me what you can do”. Starched suits and grovelling demeanour are replaced by pomp, drama and flair. The doorman wears a top hat for Christ’s sake. But of course here, the ringleaders are behind the stations, rinsing out every last ounce of precision from their gastronomic acrobats. Albert Adrià, the man who many in-the-know credit with being as important as Ferran in elBulli’s success, welcomes us upon arrival, but is soon beavering around the many open stations that surround the restaurant, offering advice to his supporting cast. Conceptual visualisations of Tickets’ philosophy adorn the windows of the large, eclectic space, but nothing can be as conceptual a visualisation of the Adrià’s philosophy as the food itself. And what of that food?…

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Sangriá-infused watermelon whets the palate, impossibly delicate Jamón ibérico melts into those scratchy little lacerations that the perfectly crunchy pan con tomate has left behind. There’s taste sensations beyond simple description, including former elBulli favourite ‘spherical olives’: olives that look like olives, taste like the most powerfully flavoured olive you could imagine, but are NOT olives. There’s more straight from the menu of the world’s most famous restaurant too; ‘liquid ravioli’ follows the same scientific process as the aforementioned spherical olives, the moment when the liquid spheres (shaped into a virtual solid by a process called Spherification) burst in your mouth simply redefines the concept of a ‘taste explosion’. Senses are overwhelmed.

There is more theatre to be had; Pescaíto frito continues the ‘all-is-not-as-it-seems’ trend – basically a posh packet of crisps, where mixed fish (prawn, octopus, anchovy…) are literally transformed. I have absolutely no concept of the process this dish has taken, nor do I care to know, sometimes it’d be nice to still believe in Father Christmas and, when I bite into a fish-shaped crisp (with a perfect anchovy spine painstakingly re-attached) and am deluged by a torrent of flavour, I find a new fable to believe in. All the column inches I’d read, the lionising of the Adriàs, it was true. I’m as close to elBulli’s magic as I could be, and it beats any Father Christmas.

Mischievous exploits in molecular gastronomy aside, Ferran and Albert promised an air of tradition would permeate their ‘tapas bar’, and it’s felt in the dishes that largely comprise our 15 course sitting: oysters, tuna belly, sardines, ‘hamburguesa‎’… all realised with perfection and precision at their core. These may not resemble the overt traditionalism that you’ll encounter in the countless tapas bars that line the streets of surrounding Poble-sec, but from the hands that made foam famous, this is simplicity personified.

Its staff are friendly, helpful to a T, its space as flamboyant and cartoon-like as you may imagine from a restaurant where virtual solids pop on your tongue and fish bones are applied to crisps – but the ineradicable impression it leaves is one of honesty. Albert and Ferran Adrià could do anything they wanted when elBulli closed its doors; the three-star Michelin restaurant that topped the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants for a record five times received over two million reservation requests annually, and could accommodate only eight thousand of those. From the mid-’80s to its final days in 2011, the Adrià brothers traced a new template for cooking – Tickets could have occupied prime position in Monte Carlo, or Las Vegas, but the boys from Barcelona had something else in mind. An expression of their humble selves, and their extravagant cuisine; Tickets is boundary-prodding gastronomy for real people.

@BarTickets

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Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photography © We Heart

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Courtesy, El Equipo Creativo

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Photo © Moises Torne

Tickets Tapas Bar — Barcelona

Courtesy, El Equipo Creativo

The post The Show Must Go On appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

October 28 2013

09:51

Yellow Light Effect On Street

Very well made yellow light effect shining from above the entrance of a store in a street in Spain.
The team that created this is called (fos) based in Madrid and Barcelona which is a team of multidisciplinary architects, interior designers, art directors and graphic designers whom decided to join together to create this amazing project on the street.

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