Clap Studio Designed Baovan restaurant in Valencia Inspired by the Bao

By Spain for Design / June 3, 2024

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

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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Hotel Akquaaa

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

By Spain for Design / April 29, 2024

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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Catching up with Sol & Luna and Yukiko Kitahara

By Spain for Design / April 15, 2024

Five years ago, I started this blog to feature the excellence of Spanish design. I have featured dozens of artisans and makers of fine works of ceramics, leather, fiber, metal, textile, and basketry. I recently caught up with four of the studios that I have featured. In this first of two articles, I reach out…

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Guille-Garcia Hoz Workshops

Workshops in Madrid on Ceramic Making

By Spain for Design / April 2, 2024

In April, those in the Madrid area can learn the art of ceramic making from the team at Guille García-Hoz, a ceramic artist and interior designer. The workshops take place at his studio at 6 Nao Street. Please check his website to verify available spots. Clay and Wine (April 3, 10, 17, 24) Learners enjoy a…

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Dichoso Estudio designs Vibrant Mexican restaurant in Madrid

By Spain for Design / March 25, 2024

Xipe is a Mexican restaurant on the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid designed by  Dichoso Estudio. The concept that inspired the design is the simple, neutral, organic, warm and natural architecture of the famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán and the figure of Xipe, the Mexican deity of agriculture, goldsmithing, and corn. As a result, wheat…

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Cuarto Interior designs the new Hard Rock Hotel Marbella with a Ye-Yé 60s vibe

By Spain for Design / March 11, 2024

The interior design studio Cuarto Interior drew inspiration from the Ye-Yé movement of the 60s for the design of the Hard Rock Hotel Marbella. Thriving amongst the youth of Spain in the 60s, it was a movement that broke with imposed norms, seeking to unleash imagination and live life in full color. The innovative, fully…

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4RETAIL – Maison Jaguar Restaurant

Jungle-inspired decor for Maison Jaguar restaurant in Madrid

By Spain for Design / February 26, 2024

Maison Jaguar is a Mexican restaurant located on Goya street in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid. The spectacular design is lush and jungle-inspired. Madrid-based Mil Studios was the lead design studio and collaborated with Dichoso Studio. 4Retail was in charge of the construction of the 450 m2 space. The decoration is maximalist, exuberant, and ornate with a profusion of details…

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Enrique Rovira-Beleta: Advocate for Accessible Design in Spain and Abroad

By Spain for Design / February 19, 2024

Enrique Rovira-Beleta is an architect and university professor. He has been a wheelchair user for more than 40 years. He formed his architecture studio in 1994 after completing his architecture studies in 1993. In 2009, he founded Rovira-Beleta Accessibility Consulting. Throughout his career, he has established and improved accessibility laws, regulations, and policies for public…

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Álvaro M. Leiro wins Spain’s 2023 Artisan of the Year Award

By Spain for Design / January 29, 2024

On December 15, 2023, Galician artisan Álvaro M. Leiro received one of the highest honours in crafts in Spain, the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artesanía (National Award), at the sixteenth edition of the National Craft Awards. Convened annually by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism through the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and its craft promotion arm, Fundesarte,…

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Masquespacio’s Latest Project Harbours Mediterranean Living. Valencian Style.

By Spain for Design / January 15, 2024

Masquespacio is an award-winning studio based in Valencia that knows how color, texture, and space work together to create emotion. Their latest project for Danzas Studios, a chain of holiday apartments in Valencia, takes its name from the street in the old town where the apartment is located. The brief for the project was to create…

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Spain for Accessible Design: Summary 2023

By Spain for Design / December 29, 2023

Since I published Moving Forward in 2022, my mission has been to feature beautiful interiors and products from Spain that allow those with reduced mobility to enjoy the built environment. It has been challenging to find projects to feature. Sadly, there is not yet widespread recognition of the need for this area of design and its incorporation…

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