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.

Felipao Speedy

Creating During COVID

By Spain for Design | May 3, 2021
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Spain for Design reached out to three artists who were among the first to be profiled on these pages. Speedy, the new work by renowned Spanish artist Felipao, the artistic name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz, has its basis in Chinese mythological traditions and his reflections about life under COVID-19. Last year, I was in the process…

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Paraguero-Ballet by Francisco-del-Pozo

Bauhaus Inspired Exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid

By Spain for Design | April 26, 2021
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In collaboration with the Francisco Alcántara School of Art of Ceramics, the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid has organized an exhibition that features the 2018-2019 students’ final projects. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the influential early-twentieth-century Bauhaus style and the survival of its pedagogical model.  The exhibition is part of the museums’ Design and Pedagogy…

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RESA BILBAO

Masquespacio Designs Stunning Student Residence in Bilbao

By Spain for Design | April 19, 2021
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Masquespacio designed Resa’s San Mamés University Residence Hall in Bilbao for the Greystar group, which opened in September 2020. Resa, specialists in student accommodation, commissioned the multi-disciplinary award-winning studio to create the interior design of the public areas and develop its brand image. Celebrated for her use of unexpected raw materials and her vibrant colour palette,…

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Federico prepares for the MDF 2021

Profile: Federico Antelo Granero: Geometric Abstraction

By Spain for Design | April 12, 2021
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“I cannot think in a way that separates shapes and colour. The patterns I create are an exaltation of this ‘partnership’ between shapes and colours.” Based in Madrid, Argentina–born Federico Antelo Granero has quickly established himself among the premier textile artisans in his adopted country. With a background in painting, his pieces are remarkable for…

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SACo, the Sociedad de Artesanía Contemporánea

Madrid Design Festival 2021

By Spain for Design | April 6, 2021
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The fourth edition of the Madrid Design Festival 21 (MDF21) took place in February and March. The only festival in Spain that brings together all design disciplines, there were 183 activities, 58 exhibitions, and the participation of more than 500 designers and 72 institutions from the world of design, art, and culture. Organized by Madrid-based cultural promoter La…

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4-PLAART

SACo: Showcasing Contemporary Spanish Artisanship

By Spain for Design | March 22, 2021
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“SACo’s genesis arises from the experience of a group of artisan firms in Spain that sensed the need to come together to improve their exposure and commercialization capacity inside and, especially, outside Spain. As an organization, we will promote artisans that create contemporary designs, who make their products mainly by hand with a high level…

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Suggested Reading

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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HANDMADE SPAIN BOOK

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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Cider

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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