19.06.17 by Staff

19th-Century Residence Designed by Architect Antoni Gaudí Will Soon Be Open to the Public

Casa Vicens was the first home designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (best known for the Sagrada Família in Barcelona). Built between 1883 and 1885, the building has been a private residence for most of its 130-year history. However, thanks to MoraBanc, who purchased the building in 2014, the building will soon be open to the public!

For the past two years architects José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres (of Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectes) and David García (of Daw Office) have been working on extensive restorations to help transform Casa Vicens into a cultural centre, “home” to both permanent and rotating exhibitions. See more images of the site below or check it out in person this October!

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26.04.17 by Jeff

Sculptures by Jaime Pitarch Strip Everyday Objects of Their Functionality

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I’m obsessed with these sculptures by artist Jaime Pitarch that I came across on the Spencer Brownstone Gallery website. The Barcelona-based artist explores our relationship to household objects by making subtle and not-so-subtle alterations rendering them completely useless. He says the works have “to do with the human being’s inability to identify with the structures he himself has created”.

Have a look at more images below.

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26.04.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Fantasaraxia

A selection of work by my friend Boldtron, currently creating magnificent stuff in Cinema 4D under the name Fantasaraxia. Also a shoutout to Arnau, who first shared these works over on Artnau (my favourite site for visual inspiration). If you ever visit Barcelona hit these guys up, I had the best time there with them!

Have a look at more images of Boldtron’s work below!

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20.12.16 by Staff

Elaborate Faux Tile Floor Installations by Artist Javier De Riba

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Spanish artist Javier De Riba spray paints floors of abandoned buildings and segments of pavement to look like traditional Catalan tiling. De Riba also happens to be a member of Reskate, the Barcelona-based art collective responsible for the series of inventive glow-in-the-dark murals we posted about recently (click here to check them out if you haven’t already).

Like Reskate’s affinity for projects that have a deeper meaning, the state of the buildings De Riba chooses to work (and the contrast it creates) is often as striking as the patterns themselves. See more images and video below!

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16.12.16 by Staff

Clever Glow-in-the-Dark Murals by Art Collective Reskate

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Barcelona-based Reskate Arts & Crafts use luminescent paint to create murals that not only light up when the sun goes down, they display a completely different (though often complementary) image. Their piece for Action Against Hunger, for example, is a loaf of bread that transforms into a bread knife. Check out more of Reskate’s ingenious double murals below!

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11.04.16 by Jeff

#artificialselfie by Designer Daniel Armengol Altayo

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Barcelona-based designer Daniel Armengol Altayo’s “#artificialselfie” is a device designed to continuously snap photos of itself and upload them to Instagram. Essentially it’s a robot that acts like a human acting like a robot.  Video clip below!

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21.03.16 by Jeff

Want to go to Barcelona Design Week as our Official Booooooom Correspondent?

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I’ve got a little proposition for all you designers out there. I was recently invited to Barcelona Design Week however I’m unable to attend. I was going to simply decline the offer but I thought it might be fun for one of you guys to go in my place! I spoke to the organizers and they’re up for it! So who wants to go to Barcelona Design Week?

As the event is not until June, a finalised itinerary has not yet been released but the focus of your trip will be a 3-day conference called “Design is Future” at the Disseny Hub Barcelona.

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Your duty is to simply document your experience there. Take photos of the things you see, and the people you meet, and write an article about your experience (to be published on Booooooom within a week of your return). I want to make it clear this is not a paid gig. This is a free trip (flight, accommodations, food covered by the event) to take part in Barcelona Design Week and ultimately an opportunity to meet new people in a really fun city.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, you must be available for travel June 3rd – 9th. We’re looking for a competent writer, interested in design, who can take great photos (if you have a sense of humour that’s a bonus).

 

To apply, simply leave a comment below with the following:

-Attach a photo you took recently (size 400px wide).
-Tell me something interesting about yourself (1 sentence).
-Link to your Instagram.

 

We will announce the winner the weekend of March 31st in our Secret Email Club, if you’re not already a subscriber you can join here: tinyletter.com/booooooom.

 

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01.03.16 by Staff

Detailed Wes Anderson Dioramas by Illustrator Mar Cerdà

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Wonderfully detailed dioramas based on Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Royal Tenenbaums by Barcelona-based illustrator Mar Cerdà. See more images below!

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