Asturias for Design
Spain for Design commissioned Oviedo-based photographer Erika Anes to shoot five commercial spaces with standout designs in Gijon, Asturias’ largest city, and Oviedo, the capital city.
The Collector Concept Store (Gijon)
The owner of the Collector Concept Store created a space in which art, culture, and fashion comfortably coexist. The upper floor displays a masterful mix of contemporary art with a curated selection of contemporary, vintage, rustic, and classical-style furniture and accessories. The dark walls and ceiling visually unify these diverse stylistic elements.
Calle Instituto, 29, 33202 Gijón, Asturias
Tropart Interiorismo created the interiors of the Rawcoco Green Bar. The logo and the murals are hand-painted. The tropical touches of greenery, the wood-clad walls, and rattan seating temper the severity of the concrete flooring, rough beams, exposed ductwork, metal lighting fixtures, and other industrial-style selections. The vibrant teal on the ceiling is in striking contrast to the faded blue and green colour palette of the woodwork, tilework and the metal tables and chairs.
Calle San Bernardo, 36, 33201 Gijón
Eurostars Palacio de Cristal (Oviedo)
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Ciudad de Oviedo, as a complex of buildings, one of which houses the Eurostars Palacio de Cristal hotel. Avant-garde and elegant, the lobby is impactful because of the luminosity of the marble walls and flooring, the visual softness of the brushed metal on the beams and staircase, the abundance of natural light that passes through the glass windows, and the purity of the grey and white palette. The curves of the furniture pieces and ceiling lighting fixture soften the sharp lines of the interior architectural elements.
Calle Policarpo Herrero, s/n, 33006 Oviedo
Restaurante Doña Concha (Oviedo)
Sandra Álvarez successfully achieved an eclectic and urban interior for the Restaurante Doña Concha. The decor is remarkable for the variety of textural and chromatic elements in the compact space. There are green and purple velvet and brown leather upholstery on the seating; grey metal chairs with flower-patterned fabric on the back cushions; gold leaf finish on the ceiling mouldings; light grey ceramic floor tiles against wood flooring; pink drywall contrast with grey-blue patterned wallpaper and walls painted in dark grey and beige. Yet, despite the diverse and contrasting selections, the space is cohesive and achieves a visual rhythm.
Avenida de Galicia 14, 33005, Oviedo
ALOHA TATÁ (Oviedo)
Aida Menéndez, the owner of Aloha Tatá, wanted to create a shop with a warm and friendly atmosphere in which customers feel comfortable. She uses the existing stone beam as a starting point from which to inject other raw materials into the space, notably wood, stone, raffia, and ceramics. Through repetition in the use of these materials and a curated selection of furniture and accessories (vintage-style furniture, stone planters filled with dry flowers, a graphic brightly-coloured patterned rug), she has created a truly inspired design.
Marqués de Pidal 5. 33004 Oviedo
Erika Anes has been very interested and linked to the arts since childhood, an interest which prompted her to study photography and lighting in Oviedo. In 2014 she started working for Mediadvanced, a multidisciplinary creative agency that develops communication, image, photography, art, marketing, and e-commerce projects. Erika has worked for several Spanish brands and companies in different sectors. Currently, she continues to develop and train as a freelance photographer.