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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Profile: Yukiko Kitahara: Eastern Influence

By Spain for Design | February 22, 2021
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“I am the daughter of a family of sushi chefs in Tokyo. I have been taught the importance of tableware since childhood and that it must be enjoyed with all five senses, First, with the look, the composition, the relationship of the plate with the food. Since then, I have always liked porcelain. My grandfather…

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6 of the Best Made in Spain Low Stools

By Spain for Design | February 15, 2021
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Referred by some as auxiliary furniture, stools are design staples in my home. These portable pieces are practical and versatile. Use them as an occasional table next to the bed or a perch to sit on in the living room. They are made in a multitude of materials and forms. Some have achieved design classic…

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Vignette in the Ethnological Museum in old town of Oliva, Spain

Inspiration: Ethnological Museum, Oliva, Spain

By Spain for Design | February 8, 2021
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Spanish Talavera Ceramic

Events, News

By Spain for Design | January 31, 2021
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Online Course on Introduction to Spanish Historical Ceramics The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas), a private non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the conservation, study, and dissemination of the cultural heritage holdings of the National Museum of Decorative Arts…

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View of the San Roc Parish Church in Oliva, Valencia

2020 Year in Review

By Spain for Design | December 7, 2020
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Turbulent. Frightening. Surreal. Opportunity. Change. The “new norm.” We will recall 2020 as one that marked the before and after of some key moments in our personal and professional lives. Spain for Design asked members of the design community in Spain profiled in these pages about their experiences and thoughts. What has 2020 meant to…

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2020 Made in Spain Gift Ideas from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Shop

By Spain for Design | November 30, 2020
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Before the confinement due to COVID 19, online shopping was growing in popularity during the holiday season. It has become essential for many businesses during the pandemic and led to an increase in the number of e-commerce websites. Although the virtual experience does not have the sensory delights that many find to be the most…

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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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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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Gold collection ceramics by Vajillas del Ultrmar

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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