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Exploring Design and Antique Shops in Gracia

April 20, 2017

In today’s post I want to tell you about a few interesting furniture and home decor shops in Gracia. Gracia is  a bustling Barcelona neighborhood, which on the one hand is bohemian, trendy, popular with younger expats and has a very youthful spirit to it, but on the other, it is a very traditional Catalan barrio, which for centuries used to be an independent municipality. Gracia is self-sufficient, the variety of eating options, beauty, clothes and other small shops can make you dizzy. I spent a few afternoons there seeking out interesting shops to bring to your attention, and here comes my list (and a map, for your convenience).

And make sure you check out my first post from this category dedicated to the shops on and around La Diagonal, which is actually not far from the area we will take a closer look at today.

Map of the shops

  1. The Old Kitchen, Carrer de la Providència, 16
  2. Verde Jade, Carrer de Ramón y Cajal, 11
  3. Casa Atlántica, Carrer Llibertat, 7 and Carrer Verdi, 33
  4. The Design Hub, Carrer de Diluvi, 4
  5. Cabinet, Travessera de Gràcia, 133
  6. AIXŌ, Carrer de la Virtut, 14
  7. Antique Boutique, Carrer de Sèneca, 16
  8. Sala de Subhastes, Carrer de Mateu, 18
  9. Rollito Así, Travessera de Gràcia, 141
  10. Gallina de Piel and Fulanitu i menganita, Carrer Verdi, 29 and Carrer Verdi, 25
  11. Studio Alis, Carrer de Sant Cristòfol, 13

The Old Kitchen

You may have seen a shop with the same name in Mercantic, but the main shop / workshop of Cecilia Manzi and her family, enthusiasts of kitchenware and furniture, is in Gracia. New items are mixed in with restored/vintage stuff. Also, this is your place if you’re into chalk paint. Follow The Old Kitchen on the social media to find out when they will offer the next workshop on furniture restoration and chalk paint.

The Old Kitchen in Gracia

Verde Jade

Founded and run by interior designer Eugenia Molina, this small shop is packed with edgy and quirky decor from illustrations and textiles to ceramics and small furniture. A mix of local designers and artists and foreign brands, the place really channels its owner’s passion for all things pretty.

Verde Jade shop in Gracia

Casa Atlântica

The “Atlantic” vibe in this place has a pronounced Portuguese accent, as this is where one of the founders is from. You will find artisanal ceramics – kitchenware, vases, pots, traditional decorative sardines, along with round wooden mirrors, braided lamps and accessories. Also, personally, I was very excited to find here the “swallows” (or golondrinas, in Spanish) – these ceramic birdies wall decor, which was popular in Spain and Portugal in 1950s and is coming in again! Traditionally made in black colour, in Casa Atlantica you also have them in blue and yellow (my choice!). And another thing you need to know is that these guys actually have two shops in Gracia – the first and main one on C/Llibertat 7, and a very small and very pretty place on one of Gracia’s main streets – Verdi 33.

Casa Atlantica shop Gracia

The Design Hub

The new edition to the Barcelona design scene specialising in sustainable design, ranging from accessories to furniture and interior projects. The space is part shop, part design studio, which also offers made-to-order furniture. Many of the products selling in the the space are made by local makers in the Design Hub’s workshop. The shop is run by a small collective, including acclaimed furniture designer Ryan Frank and interior designer Monica Potvin.

Design Hub Gracia Barcelona

Cabinet

 This shop on Travessera de Gracia, one of the main arteries of the neighborhood, offers trendy furniture and decor with a certain classy vibe to it, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that the founder used to work for Louis Vuitton. The shop is small, but packed with all kinds of stuff from candles and kitchenware to cushions and rugs. Their online shop offers an even more complete range of furniture and accessories.
Cabinet shop Gracia

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Palo Alto Market in Barcelona

January 5, 2017

This week-end is the first week-end of the month (and of the year, hope your holidays have been fun!), which means that there will be Palo Alto Market in Barcelona – a two-day, mostly open-air event where you can try street food from all around the world, enjoy live music, and get to know new local brands, designers and artists!

If you live in Barcelona, chances are you’ve at least heard of it, it’s a really popular event, and I thought it deserves a post, because being a designer market, it also features home furnishings and decor, so today I’ll show you the pictures I made in mid-December (they had a special pre-Christmas event, normally it’s only held on the first week-end of the month!), the ambience was cool and laid-back as ever, the food I tried was great, and there was a bunch of interesting designer items on display. Let’s take a tour!

Palo Alto Market Barcelona

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Mercantic: Best Vintage Market in Barcelona

November 10, 2016

Mercantic entrance

Here in Barcelona week-ends are normally reserved for the beach, but as it’s getting colder we’re more and more drawn to inland, if not indoor activities. My today’s post will take you to a place which is must-visit if you’re a sucker for vintage furniture and home decor – Mercantic Flea Vintage Market in Sant Cugat, a nice and somewhat posh suburb of Barcelona, just across the Collserola mountains (and park). It turns out that even many of my Catalan friends have never heard of it, including those who have a soft spot for antiquities.

Located on the premises of a former ceramics factory, Mercantic first opened in 1992 and brings together more than 200 vendors on a total space of 15,000 sq. meters.

A virtual tour around Mercantic

There are two entrances, but today I’ll take you on a virtual tour, and show you things and places along the route I prefer. So the first thing you see if you enter the “village” from Av. de Rius i Taulet, is this lovely set of about 30 small wood shops painted in different colours. Inside (and on a sunny day, outside as well) you will find a variety of second hand objects in different styles, along with new items from Catalan craftsmen, including some very cool woodwork.

Mercantic colourful wooden shops

Mercantic colourful wooden shops  Mercantic4

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Eye Of The Tiger…Store!

July 28, 2016

A few days ago I popped into a Tiger store, and although they always have a lot of fun and quirky stuff, this time I really liked so many items, that I thought I should make a post about this shop and its current collection.

Tiger flamingo

Danish Tiger conquering the Globe

If you live in Europe, it is really unlikely that you’ve never entered a Tiger store. Founded 20 years ago, the Danish company is conducting an aggressive international expansion. In Barcelona alone we have 10 Tiger stores, and you can find another 80 across Spain. Overall, the company currently has more than 600 stores in 28 countries. But in case you don’t know, Tiger stores offer a wide assortment of fun and quirky home products, toys, partyware, stationery, hobby and creativity items, fashion items and more at very affordable prices – 80% of the products cost less than 5 €, and the most expensive items cost 30 €.

The first store opened by company founder Lennart Lajboschitz in 1995 in Copenhagen sold surplus goods and everything cost 10 Danish Crowns (€1.5). That first store was called Zebra. But when Lennart opened his second store, his little daughter Rebecca said, “We have a zebra, and now we can have a tiger too.” So the name was changed to Tiger. In Danish, Tiger is pronounced tee’-yuh, which means both tiger and a 10-crown coin.

Despite its Scandinavian origins, Tiger is absolutely not afraid of bright colours, something I, personally, appreciate a lot. But the good thing is that you have more low-key and subdued items too.

Flamingo

First thing that caught my attention when I got into the Tiger store at Carrer de la Portaferissa, 13 in Barcelona, were these quirky pink birds! Tropical-inspired trends are on fire this days, and flamingo motif has been trending in home decor since last year and can be a cool addition to any space. Also, see my Casa Decor 2016 review for beautiful flamingo wallpaper. Tiger designers decided this bird is cool enough to use it on a whole bunch of home products – tableware, wall art, and cushions.

Tiger store: Flamingo

Some more pics from Tiger store Barcelona

So I just made a few pics of cool and trendy stuff you can find in Tiger.

Tiger store Barcelona

Tiger’s take on famous designer pieces: hook racks inspired by midcentury classic ‘Hang it all’ by Charles and Ray Eams, and trays which reminded me of Kaleido trays from Hay.

Tiger store Barcelona

Fun postcards and boxes.

Tiger store Barcelona

A wide range of kitchenware in different styles and colours.

Tiger store Barcelona

Hobby and creativity.

Tiger store Barcelona

Photo frames and garlands.

Tiger store Barcelona

Not sure where you can find a Tiger store closest to you? Use the store locator on the company’s web.

Looking for more affordable home decor ideas? Check out my reviews of Primark Home and Stradivarius decor collection launched this year.

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Best Vintage Lamps in BCN: Déjà Vu Concept

July 14, 2016

Deja Vu Concept BCNToday I want to tell about a shop where you can find the most beautiful vintage lamps in Barcelona.

A few days ago I was walking up Carrer de Calàbria near Rocafort metro station and spotted an antique furniture shop. Frankly speaking, I’m not that big a sucker for vintage or antique stuff, but this shop had a sticker on the door informing visitors that this place has been featured on AD España magazine, local edition of the leading international interior design authority. So I thought I should check it out. However, as soon as I went in, I knew it wasn’t yet another regular antique shop. This place had a crazy number of the coolest vintage lamps ever in different styles! And then I met the lovely owner of the shop – Diana, and I just knew I had to make a post about this shop, which is called Déjà Vu Concept BCN, by the way.

First of all, a few words about Diana Vite, the owner of the place. This Peru-born lady is one of the nicest people I’ve met in Barcelona over the 1.5 years I’ve been living here.  Originally a labour relations professional, 14 years ago she first tried to restore and refinish and old arm-chair, and this venture would change her life drastically. She started buying and refinishing old furniture and home decor objects, such as vintage lamps, porcelain dishware, mirrors, paintings, suitcases, jewelry and other items. “It just has to be good quality and something I actually like enough to want to have it in my own house“, says Diana. Before setting up her own shop she used to sell at markets, such as the famous Mercantic, indoor antique market in Sant Cugat suburb of Barcelona, which I’m long overdue to visit.

And an online shop is coming soon, so in a couple of months not only us, the lucky residents of Barcelona, will be able to purchase the lovely pieces hand-picked and refinished by Diana and her associate Isabel.

Getting back to what stands out the most about Déjà Vu Concept BCN. The VINTAGE LAMPS! Oh my, I have never seen so many beautiful lamps in one place! They are all vintage, but before getting a new price tag, each and every one of them goes through a makeover in Diana’s workshop, which includes new electrical components (cord, socket, switches), and new shades. The result is simply stunning.

Here are some of the coolest vintage lamps you can currently find in Déjà Vu Concept BCN.

Manises lamp

 Manises lamp (Valencia) from 1950s, €360

Акутср lamp with black floral screen

Hand-painted lamp from 1970s, France, €230

Metalarte lamp

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