Completed this year, the el B auditorium by Madrid-based architecture firm Selgascano is definitely on our list of buildings to visit. Using an stunning colour palette of subtle pastels with bright accents of canary yellow and orange, the auditorium and performance space lines 1 kilometer of the docks of the harbour in Cartagena, Spain. Read the rest of this entry »
Jean and I saw these mirrors by Spanish studio Mut Design Studio at the Salone Satellite in Milan earlier this year. Their pretty ombre colors and clever design made them one of the stand-out pieces from the show. Called Zig Zag, the mirrors are composed of lengths of mirror of varying thicknesses that are mounted onto coloured strips of wood and arranged at 45 degree angles. Read the rest of this entry »
Graphics and Packaging
I’ve often wondered who creates the cheerful little illustrations in Monocle magazine and it would appear that Madrid-based Blanca Gomez is one of their go-to illustrators. I came across her work on etsy this week via her shop Cosas Mínimas, which means tiny things in Spanish. She has a great skill for capturing the character of people and places – her Paris, New York, Helsinki and London city prints are my favourite.
These geometric stools by Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón create a clever optical illusion that made us look twice when we saw them on show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan last month. Each stool is made up of three rhombus-shaped pieces of wood each in a different material. When joined together they create a neat little stool with a hexagon shaped top. Read the rest of this entry »