What is Spanish design?

While many of us have an idea of what is the Scandinavian look, or what elements go into French country design, few are able to describe exactly what is Spanish design.

There are many design blogs devoted to Scandinavian or French design, and countless ones focused on travel, food and lifestyle in Spain, but I have found very few English-language blogs focused on interior design in Spain.

Spain for Design covers interior design, artisan traditions and lifestyle in Spain with the aim of making them accessible to a wider audience and begin a dialogue about a part of the world often overlooked in design circles.

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Inspiration: Tilework of the Alhambra Palace

By Spain for Design | July 27, 2021
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The Nasrid Emirate of Granada created architecture with the most beautiful tilework. During my visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada in 2017, I was struck by the plasterwork in the Court of the Myrtle(bottom image). I was also taken with the blue, black, and white ceramic tiles but cannot recall the location. For information about sites…

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Inspiration: Courtyard of the Parador Granada

By Spain for Design | July 27, 2021
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My two-night stay in July 2017 at the Parador of Granada was one of my best family vacations. It is one of the best known and most popular of the paradors. A 14th-century Moorish palace later converted to a Franciscan convent, the style of the architecture, decor, lighting, and art reflect the two heritages. One of my…

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Inspiration: Taberna Ángel Sierra Chueca, Madrid

By Spain for Design | July 26, 2021
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The iconic Taberna Ángel Sierra in the Chueca neighbourhood of Madrid.

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Profile: Mediterranean Fusion: Exploring New Design Horizons from Valladolid

By Spain for Design | July 19, 2021
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Based in Valladolid, the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Castile and León, Mediterranean Fusion opened six years ago. The studio has since developed into a multidisciplinary team working on commercial and residential projects, with specialists in architecture, interior design, product design, industrial engineering, and 3D visualization. Partner Miriam San Juan Fernandez studied technical architecture and…

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Café in Asturias, Spain Channels a Victorian Parlour

By Spain for Design | July 11, 2021
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Coffees, cocktails, and cakes are specialties of Per Se Café located in the old town of Oviedo. The decor, with its earthy colour palette, patterned upholstery, and highly textural fixed elements, harks back to an old-world parlour. A curated selection of vintage and Victorian furniture pieces, posters, mirrors, and fairy lighting, mix with interior architectural elements, including…

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The Natural Environment Inspires Masquespacio’s Design of Restaurant in Huesca

By Spain for Design | July 5, 2021
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Award-winning studio Masquespacio designed Pukkel, a fine dining restaurant in the city center of Huesca in Spain’s autonomous community of Aragon. Owners Jorge and Mikel opened the 140-square-meter eatery in January 2021 to offer signature healthy food options, where guests can have a sensory experience beyond gastronomy. Diners enjoy a menu made from quality local products without refined…

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Profile: Sol & Luna: The Art of Leather

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“Committed to the luxurious craft of leather, best describes the artisans of Sol & Luna” Spain for Design interviewed Carolina Sánchez de Movellán, CEO, General Manager and co-owner (with husband, Carlos Ortiz de Zúñiga ) of Sol & Luna, creator, manufacturer and retailer of luxury leather furniture and decor. With a flagship shop in the…

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Profile: The Artist Felipao: The Vivacity of Colour

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“I think that art has a cathartic power and therefore the protagonist of my creations is color. I do not usually use sad colors, I want my work to convey optimism, light, strength and spirit”. Spain for Design interviewed Felipao, the artistic name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz. The son and grandson of diplomats, he was…

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Profile: Masquespacio: Singular Designs

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In 2010, Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, originally from Columbia, and Belgian Christophe Penasse, who had backgrounds in interior design and marketing respectively, founded Masquespacio, a creative consultancy in interior and industrial design based in Valencia. They work exclusively in hospitality and commercial design and have completed projects in Spain, Norway, France, the USA, Portugal, and…

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Essential Books about Artisan Traditions, Design and Lifestyle in Spain

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The links below may have affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy. Please note this website is a participant in the Indigo Affiliate Program which allows it to earn commissions from Indigo if you make a purchase on indigo.ca after linking through this website. Artisans The books listed here provide an excellent overview of workshops…

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Profile: Vajillas de Ultramar: The Beauty of Imperfection

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“We want to create small pieces of art that are simple, but full of soul. Our motivation is to be able to give our customers pieces for their daily lives that make them happy.” María José Díez, an art and design enthusiast, and Natalia López, a dancer and model, founded Vajillas de Ultramar in 2014.…

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Asturias: Memories of a Natural Paradise

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“Asturias, paraíso natural” (“Asturias, Natural Paradise”) is the official slogan of Turismo Asturias, the tourism office of the Principality of Asturias. Parts of this northern region of Spain are on the Northern Route of the Way of Saint James, popularly known as the Camino de Santiago. It has a breathtaking landscape, where the mountain and sea…

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