Asturias for Architecture

By Spain for Design / July 13, 2020

Asturias has no shortage of architecturally significant buildings and monuments, including the most complete collection of late medieval architecture in Western Europe. Dating from the ninth and early tenth centuries, they are unparalleled for their quality and preservation in their original state. Asturias is known for pre-Romanesque architecture, six of which have UNESCO World Heritage status, one…

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Asturias: Memories of a Natural Paradise

By Spain for Design / July 6, 2020

“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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Masquespacio Mas Creations -

Design Events, News

By Spain for Design / July 3, 2020

News July 3, 2020 Ana Hernández and Christophe Penasse, co-founders of Valencia-based studio Masquespacio, go from strength to strength. On June 30, they launched their new brand Mas Creations with the introduction of two pieces. The line of furniture and objects represents a personal vision of a universe that is full of textures, contrasting materials, and, in keeping…

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Ibiza Bohemia

Book Nook: Ibiza Bohemia

By Spain for Design / June 30, 2020

Ibiza Bohemia Maya Boyd (Text), Renu Kashyap (Producer), Published by Assouline (June 2017) Every once in a while, one comes across a coffee table book so engaging that it not only feeds us with knowledge and induces us to linger at the images, but it also encourages us to immerse ourselves in a place. Ibiza:…

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Book Nook: Three Essential Books about Artisan Traditions in Spain

By Spain for Design / June 23, 2020

Devotees of local crafts fairs seek them out not only for pleasure but as a respite from shops selling massed-produced items made elsewhere. They provide an opportunity to purchase one of a kind pieces, support local businesses, which in turn may contribute to retaining or reviving age-old traditions that may otherwise disappear. Crafts are often…

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Tado Madrid Shop

Tado: The Little Shop of Ceramics

By Spain for Design / June 16, 2020

“All those who build a house around a tree or a rock and who make this tree or rock a beautiful and useful addition”. Tado owner Sylvie Fiachetti about her inspiration. Tado is Sylvie Fiachetti’s shop in the Las Letras neighbourhood of Madrid. She has been attracted to well-made objects since childhood. With no formal…

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Three images of Sargadelos cermaic dish

My Pieces from Spain

By Spain for Design / June 4, 2020

My Pieces from Spain have moved with me to my various homes over the years. Some are online purchases, others in-store. There are pieces that I bought for my pleasure, and gifts from my Spanish in-laws with one from my father-in-law who once owned two gift shops in Madrid. Porcelain. Metal. Leather. Textiles. Ceramics. Some…

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Valencia Lounge Hostel Photography by Luis Beltran

Profile: Masquespacio: Singular Designs

By Spain for Design / May 26, 2020

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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Gold collection ceramics by Vajillas del Ultrmar

Profile: Vajillas de Ultramar: The Beauty of Imperfection

By Spain for Design / May 12, 2020

“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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Bicoca Portable Lamp by Christophe Mathieu for Marset,

5 of the Best Portable Lamps Made in Spain

By Spain for Design / May 5, 2020

Portable lamps create an immediate connection between user and object like few other design elements. Not normally intended for task lighting, they give that nice, soft ambient glow that creates an atmosphere. Place it on an outdoor table to create an intimate dining experience. Move indoors and put it on the floor next to a…

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Ábbatte tabby blankets

Profile: Ábbatte: Fine Contemporary Spanish Craftsmanship

By Spain for Design / April 28, 2020

“We create artistic objects for daily life, made with natural yarns in an artisan way”. Ábbatte creates exclusive textile pieces made with the finest silk, alpaca, cashmere, wool and linen yarns sourced from around the world. Elena Goded Rambaud and her daughter, Camila Lanzas Goded, launched the company in 2013, after careers as a university…

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Tavern in Madrid-Taberna Ángel Sierra, Chueca

Journal: A Month in Spain

By Spain for Design / April 20, 2020

This is the final installment of my four-part series about my month in Spain in the summer of 2019. August 6-9, 2019 August 6, 2019 My month in Spain is coming to an end. We returned to Madrid from Cala de Finestrat yesterday afternoon and are at the ibis Madrid Centro las Ventas Hotel, where…

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