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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Enrique Rovira-Beleta on Accessible Travel and Tourism: Part 2

By Spain for Design | July 15, 2024
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This article is the second of a three-part interview with Enrique Rovira-Beleta Cuyás, an architect and professor of architecture and accessible design at the School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, who lends his expertise for public and private commercial and residential building projects. For everyone, he is an advocate for accessible tourism…

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Home + Studio by Masquespacio

By Spain for Design | June 24, 2024
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Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse of award-winning Valencia-based creative studio Masquespacio, describe their new 450 m2 live-work space as “A place where our studio and home are in a two-floor building that clearly shows our evolution as designers and the evolvement of our different styles, from New Memphis and Art Deco to a bit…

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Palau Fugit boutique hotel in Girona by El Equipo Creativo

By Spain for Design | June 17, 2024
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Barcelona-based El Equipo Creativo has completed the interior design of Palau Fugit. Located deep in Girona’s atmospheric Barri Vell (Old Quarter), the award-winning studio converted a disused 18th-century palace into a destination hotel as charming and seductive as Girona. By respecting the original architecture and decorative elements, the team’s goal was to provide guests with a warm…

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Clap Studio Designed Baovan restaurant in Valencia Inspired by the Bao

By Spain for Design | June 3, 2024
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Valencia-based Clap Studio has designed Baovan, the first restaurant in Valencia specializing in bao, a steamed bun originating in China. The restaurant owners are three childhood friends, Xete, Tito, and Elena. They lived in and traveled around Asia, America, and Africa and fell in love with the flavour and possibilities of the bao when they were in Southeast…

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Spotted at Casa Decor 2024

By Spain for Design | May 20, 2024
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Spain’s most important interior design event, Casa Decor, is an annual event in Madrid that showcases designs, crafts, and products from designers, artisans, and commercial brands. This year, for the 59th edition, it takes place from 11 April to 26 May in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid in the Palacio de La Trinidad. There are 46…

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Beach life inspires Denys & von Arend for the refurbishment of Boutique Hotel Akquaaa on the Costa Daurada

By Spain for Design | April 29, 2024
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The interior design studio Denys & von Arend has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of the Boutique Hotel Akquaaa (formerly Hotel Kursaal), located on the Costa Daurada, right on the beachfront in Calafell (Tarragona). The project involved the renovation of its forty rooms and common areas. “The property owners wanted to renew the hotel by updating its image,…

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Casa Decor 2021: 7 Designs to Inspire Your Workspace at Home

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The pandemic has pushed millions to work from home, which will likely continue well after it ends. For me, this has been one of the few positive aspects of it. There is no longer the need to rise and travel during dark morning hours of cold winter months, no transport costs, and the absence of…

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Profile: Mayice Studio: Illuminating Artisanal Traditions with Technology

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I recently saw an interview with renowned French decorator Jacques García who, speaking about his maximalist design tendencies, surmised that minimalism is easy if one has nothing in one’s head, but difficult to achieve if it is full. Far from being the former, the minimalist designs of Madrid-based studio Mayice Studio is a complex interplay…

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Valencia Lounge Hostel Photography by Luis Beltran

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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Café in Asturias, Spain Channels a Victorian Parlour

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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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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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