Hijo de Epigmenio: For the Love of Spanish Crafts


Juan Manuel Gil López is the son of (hijo de) Epigmenio, hence the name of his shop Hijo de Epigmenio. I first met him when I visited his central Madrid shop in August 2019 on the last day of my month in Spain. The handmade artisan items on display fascinated me. Many were unfamiliar and he…

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2020 Gift Guide: Made-in-Spain Gift Ideas

Twill White Baby Alpaca Blanket Image courtesy of Abbatte

These ten made-in-Spain items are picks for my 2020 gift guide for the holiday season. Accessories, lighting, and furniture from well-known brands and small workshops, there is something for everyone, including that hard-to-shop-for someone. Buy one or combine them for a great gift basket. There is even a basket on the list. A handcrafted vegetable…

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Cocol: Things de toda la vida


The Spanish expression de toda la vida is one I have recently come to know and appreciate. It can refer to something familiar, something that has not changed; maybe a friend, a situation, an object, a recipe, a tradition, or that little shop around the corner. I do not think there is an equivalent in the English…

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Asturias for Design

Erika Anes

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…

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Tado: The Little Shop of Ceramics

Tado Madrid Shop

“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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Journal: A Month in Spain

Tavern in Madrid-Taberna Ángel Sierra, Chueca

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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