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Spain for Accessible Design: Summary 2022

By Spain for Design / December 19, 2022

As I wrote in Moving Forward earlier this year, my mission is to feature beautiful interiors and products from Spain that allow those with reduced mobility-and other abilities- to enjoy the built environment. I am always on the lookout for projects, public spaces, and designs that feature accessible design. It is challenging as there is not yet…

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7 Must-See Street-level Commerical Façades in Spain

By Spain for Design / December 5, 2022

Designers have only moments to grab the attention of busy passersby with commercial façades. They provide an opportunity to visually display the client’s brand identity and create a connection with the product or service offered. Façades should lure customers to enter and, ideally, after the experience, want to return. These seven commercial façades in Spain…

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2022 Made in Spain Holiday Gift Guide: Functional Art Pieces

By Spain for Design / November 14, 2022

This curated selection of made-in-Spain pieces has wonderful gift ideas for the discerning recipient. Representing some of the best of Spain’s artisan traditions-leathercraft, ceramic, textile, woodwork- they stand out as purely art pieces as well as functional objects. All items are available online or by special order and can be shipped outside of Spain. José…

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Vitápolis. Accessible Senior Living in Toledo, Spain

By Spain for Design / October 31, 2022

Vitápolis, designed by Toledo-based architectural firm Romero & Vallejo, is a 5,860 m2 residential complex that opened in 2020, with services tailored to the needs of residents. It comprises thirty-five fully-accessible independent apartments and a community space with a surface of more than 1,500 m2. The community center has a gymnasium, workshops, a cafeteria, meeting rooms,…

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The Access Bath Collection by Roca Offers Elevated Design Solutions for Users with Reduced Mobility

By Spain for Design / October 17, 2022

Universal Design. Aging in Place. Accessible Design. These are some of the terms to describe designs aimed at reducing barriers in the built environment that limit access for those with reduced mobility. Whatever term one uses, the popular image of accessible interiors is too often one of functionality, devoid of aesthetics. As stated in Moving Forward,…

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Masquespacio Designs a Surreal Dream Experience for Visitors to the Mango Teen Store in Barcelona

By Spain for Design / October 3, 2022

Prolific design studio Masquespacio has designed the first Mango Teen store in Barcelona, which opened in June 2022. Working in collaboration with Mango’s in-house design team, the design brief for the 120-square meter space was to develop a space identity that would connect to the lifestyle of customers. Mango’s team had previously opened a series of pop-up…

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Mamáguaja Restaurant in Asturias Transports Diners to Nature-Inspired Surroundings

By Spain for Design / September 26, 2022

Mamáguaja is a restaurant in Gijon whose menu consists of seasonal produce and quality meats, fish, and seafood. Diners enjoy traditional rice dishes and platos de cuchara (Dishes eaten with a spoon, typically thick soups or light stew) that evoke the color and flavor of the fertile regions of Asturias, such as the traditional fabada asturiana, a rich bean…

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Elegance of Yesteryear for La Cacharrería Restaurant in Gijon, Spain

By Spain for Design / September 12, 2022

In 2020, La Cacharrería restaurant relocated to the heart of Gijon after eight years in Villaviciosa, Asturias. Diners enjoy classic, traditional local cuisine, and dishes with a contemporary spin. Owner Juan Noval of interior design studio Juan Noval Studio explains, “We have tried to maintain our elegant yet relaxed and informal atmosphere where customers feel comfortable and…

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The Iron Arts Tradition in Spain is Focus of Online Course

By Spain for Design / September 5, 2022

The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas) has organized a six-session online course, Las artes del hierro y la forja artística, (The iron arts and artistic wrought iron ). Participants will learn about the significance of iron in the history of Spanish and…

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Michelin-starred Chefs Invite Diners to Informal Atmosphere in Oviedo

By Spain for Design / August 22, 2022

The Gloria restaurant in Oviedo is one of two Gloria restaurants owned by renowned sibling chefs, Nacho and Esther Manzano. The other is in central Gijon. They are an homage to their grandmother Gloria who dreamed of opening a restaurant. Diners enjoy Asturian gastronomy in an informal atmosphere. The concept is market food, traditional recipes, tapas, and…

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El Mono que Lee: Fine Dining in Quirky Atmposhere in Oviedo, Spain

By Spain for Design / August 8, 2022

El Mono que lee is an award-winning restaurant in Oviedo specializing in Spanish and Asturian gastronomy. It has received acclaim for its cachopos, a traditional Asturian dish made of ham and cheese sandwiched between veal or beef steaks, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried. The restaurant’s name translates to the monkey who reads, referring to the former…

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El Môderne Hotel in Gijon Preserves its Zigzag Moderne Art Deco Splendour

By Spain for Design / July 25, 2022

  El Môderne Hotel is a spectacular 47-room 4-star boutique hotel in Gijón. Designed by architects Manuel and Juan del Busto, it opened in 1931 during a time of economic and social prosperity. It is one of the few remaining examples of the Zigzag Moderne Art Deco style in Gijon, a subset of art deco whose…

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