Helsinki Design Week

To mark 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Spain, the Spanish embassy in Helsinki and its ambassador, Manuel de la Camara, have set up a collaboration project in the form of a “Design Embassy”, combining the talents of the Finnish designer Mikko Laakkonen and the Spanish designer Andreu Carulla to furnish part of the embassy’s offices at Villa Himberg, created by Aarne Ervi in 1954.

This project, currently in its first phase, also involves two manufacturers, one from each country. On this occasion, Made by Choice www.madebychoice.com / Instagram: @madebychoice and Mobles 114 www.mobles114.com / Instagram: @mobles114 have been chosen to carry out the project.

   

Mikko Laakkonen set up his own studio in 2003 and specialises mainly in producing everyday objects.  His designs have been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States, China and Japan. He has won numerous international prizes, such as the German Design Award (2017), Turkey Design Award (2016), Good Design Award (2016, 2015 & 2010), Muuuz International Award (2014), Finnish Designer Awards: Furniture Designer of the Year (2014), Red Dot: Best of the Best (2013) and the Young Designer of the Year prize (2009).

www.mikkolaakkonen.com / Instagram: @studiolaakkonen

Andreu Carulla set up his own studio in 2006 in Banyoles, Spain and has worked for clients such as MUJI, IDÉE, Nani Marquina and the Celler de Can Roca. His studio has won several prizes, such as the Red Dot Design Award: Best of the Best (2015), Silver ADI-FAD Delta Award (2016), Nomination for the German Design Award (2018), INTERIORES Young Talent of the Year (2015) and ELLE DECO Best Spanish Designer (2012). His work has been published in various magazines, such as Dezeen, Monocle, Wallpaper and Surface.

www.andreucarulla.com / Instagram: @andreucarulla

The “Design Diplomacy” collection was presented during Helsinki Design Week 2018 and the items created now form part of the Spanish embassy at Villa Himberg in Helsinki.

Mikko and Andreu began the project by researching into the cultures of their respective countries. After pooling their know-how and studying the raw materials typically used in each country, they reached the conclusion that wood, clay and cork had to be the materials for this collection of side tables and stools.

Finland is immersed in the Taiga, a biome that boasts some of the most extensive forests in the world, while Spain has a long tradition of working with terracotta and cork and the province of Girona in particular (where Carulla was born) is famous for its “black clay”, fired in kilns using evergreen oak, the tree that also produces cork.

Nikko and Andreu discovered a common ground which led them to design universal creations that make the most of each country’s prime raw materials. The result is a series of two pieces: a stool inspired by the typical wooden water buckets used by the Finns in traditional saunas and a side table with a black clay base and wooden top that fuses perfectly with the material of the base, which in turn forms part of the top.

Pol Montserrat x Mobles 114

Pol Montserrat decided to devote himself to art after finishing his Graphic Design course at ELISAVA and he soon managed to create his own style and language. Simple shapes created with just a few lines or a patch of colour in Chinese ink on paper, deftly combining different styles but without losing the essence of the piece.

 

Pol’s work can be seen in Eldorado and Odiseo by Folch Studio, in the Marset lighting catalogues and also at the Hotel El Palauet in Barcelona. For Pol “the key to success is a commitment to projects that goes beyond budgets and clients”.

This year, Mobles 114 has asked Pol to create the illustrations for the two covers of its 2018 Novelties Catalogue, as well as the illustrations for the walls of our stand at the 2018 Milan Trade Fair.

3 days of design

3 Days of Design is the Denmark’s most important design event, with the participation of more than 60 showrooms all over Copenhagen.  The most important Danish brands, as well as the Swiss and Italian embassies, the Institut Français and the Embassy of Spain display their respective designs.

In this edition, the Spanish Institution of Foreign Trade (ICEX) led the iniciative ‘Spanish in Danish’ , with the participation of nine Spanish firms: Capdell,  Mobles 114LzfAkabaVondom,  IsimarSancal,  Dac rugs i Huguet. The show was commissioned by the founder of Earth Studio Eva Harlou.

This has been a perfect occasion to see what’s new in product design and to know about the latest interior designs. The exhibit has brought journalists, buyers, influencers and of course, design lovers.

Mobles 114 has had the opportunity to show part of its chair catalogues such as TUBE by Eugeni Quitllet, GREEN by Javier Mariscal and FORC wooden coatstand, a creation of  Lagranja design.

On the other hand, with the occasion of TRIA shelving system 40th anniversary, Mobles 114 has presented the free-standing version of this iconic design. The uprights are attached to a cross-shaped structure, allowing the ensemble to be steady with no need to drill the wall and, for example, to be put beside a glass wall, or to become a room divider.

 

Happy 2018. Mobles 114 and Marc Morro

For the New Year greetings by Mobles 114, this year we have counted on Marc Morro. This designer -“mueblista”, as he defines himself- pays homage to one of the most iconic pieces of the Classics catalog: Copenhaguen ashtray, by André Ricard.

Marc and his furnishing company, AOO, are passionate for routine and the beauty of hte little things. Little things like this minimalist design, free from adornments chosen for the occasion. In a reinterpretation which adds a surprising new use to the ashtray, signed by Ricard in 1966.

Made in a single block, this ashtray is the result of a geometric design that uses the simple repetition of a cylinder. A recipient made up of an open cylinder with another, smaller cylinder inside to support or extinguish cigarettes; the shape of the groove in the outer wall matches the rest of the ashtray and is perfectly designed to hold a cigarette. This is a hardwearing, stackable ashtray that fulfils its function with the utmost effectiveness.

This design classic is in line with the goal of Mobles 114 which, for more than 20 years, has remained in the market to preserve our country’s heritage in terms of both culture and design.

In this case, Morro has made an analogic photography of Copenhaguen, in its new use as candle holder.

Happy new year 2018!

Mobles 114 in Belgrade Furniture Fair

From 7th to 12th November, Belgrade hosted 55th edition of Belgrade Furniture Fair. The most important events in the Southeast Europe within furniture design, manufacturing and distribution.

The fair is the meeting point of the furniture manufacturers and distributers, engineers, designers, architects and general publics. Young talented designers had its own space. And as a highlight, Design Talks. Hosting many renowned speakers from the whole world.

Mobles 114 had the opportunity to participate on a discussion during Design Talks at the second day. Emko from Lithuania and Gir from Serbia were the other participants. We  spoke about the starts in the design world and furniture production, but also the tradition and heritage, the environment importance in which they create and manufacture, production process and the ideas moving them, innovations and production enhancement, but also the matters unavoidable in the present world, such as environmental protection, recycling and the local resource use.

The event top point is in the Golden Key award, granted by the International Jury to the most successful exhibitors in 2017.

Golden Key for The Best Outdoor Furniture was awarded to the manufacturer Mobles 114 from Spain for Tube Chair Aluminium, design Eugeni Quitllet.

1987 – 2017: Mirac 30 years

Recognised as an icon thanks to its modernity, Mirac is a leading coat stand in the world of interior and general design.

30 years ago, JM Massana and JM Tremoleda were inspired by the stars to design the Mirac coat stand. The name comes from the Andromeda constellation, where Mirac is the second-brightest star.

The spiral arrangement of the spherical chrome pegs is reminiscent of the stars around the sky. This distribution means it can hold the maximum number of items in the minimum amount of room. A practical, useful, discreet and timeless coat stand.

Mirac is one of the products that embody the philosophy of Mobles 114. Discretion and elegance. A coat stand that combines perfectly with all kinds of indoor ambiences and areas and a clear example of how good design never goes out of style.

For its 30th anniversary, we’ve updated the finishes. The original version with the chrome pegs and aluminium tube is still available but we’ve added two new finishes: Mirac white with matt chrome pegs and Mirac black with black chrome pegs.

Mobles 114 in Milano: Fuorisalone

Milano is the capital city of design every April. Salone del Mobile capitalizes all the news about furniture. But further from the fair, you can breathe creativity in every corner. Let’s take a walk in Fuorisalone by Mobles 114.

Surface&Interface at Palazzo Litta

Historic palace was the biggest contrast at the exhibition A matter of perception, organised by Damn Magazine. A social point and network where Linking minds, where you can find Surface&Interface. An exhibit curated by RED AEDE in collaboration with Valresa and the support of ICEX, España  Exportación  e  Inversiones.

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New technology Virtual Melt by Valresa allowed the REDmembers to collaborate with designers, illustrators and visual artists to personalize some of their furniture pieces.

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Bendita Gloria studio created an illusory scenario where technology interacted with TRIA by Mobles 114 placing fictitious coasters which question our perception and help us to be tidier. A beautiful way to place the glasses.

Inspired in Barcelona: IN&OUT

Another wonderful building, Palazzo Isimbardi, was home for the exhibition organised by  ACCIÓ (Generalitat de Catalunya) and BCD Barcelona Centro de Diseño.

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Inspired in Barcelona: In & Out‘ showed Barcelona as an open city, an invitation to live outside and enjoy the creative and cultural Mediterranean flair.

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Intercrea UJI, at Instituto Cervantes

Interaction and creative synergy at this project by Universitat Jaume I and Clausell Studio with design students of “Grado en Ingeniería en Diseño Industrial y Desarrollo de Productos”.

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Michael Alexander, Judit Andreu, Vicent Blai, Carlos Joaquín, Joan Martí, Miguel Oury, Alba Puerta, Borja Sánchez, Paula Usó, Núria Vernís and Francisco Viciano presented Line shelve, Obbo umbrella stand, Octa and Ona bins and Ric charging totem; all of them developed thanks to a collaboration with Mobles 114.

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A well designed house in Madrid.

Today we visit Madrid. Specifically, a refurbished building from XX century by Swiss architecture studio Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects and Ábaton arquitectura.

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A singular-shaped duplex with gabled roof, with interior design signed by Batavia couting on the best examples of furniture design in our country.

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A space in white, with a very special architecture, where Spanish design icons are the highlights. Among others, Torres Clavé 1934 armchair, produced by Mobles 114.

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Torres Clavé can be found at the living room, adding a Mediterranean, natural flair to the atmosphere.

Pictures by Luís Asín

Salone del Mobile Milano 2017

Last 9th April Salone del Mobile Milano closed its doors after 56th edition. Five days of design and furniture as points of interest, where Mobles 114 actively participated.

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The stand placed at Hall 10, designed by Stefano Colli, has been home to the new collection of Mobles 114, with designs by Álvaro Siza, Miguel Milá and the architect Germán Rodríguez Arias which have been reissued to be presented, alongside other contemporary pieces designed by Javier Mariscal, Massana-Tremoleda and Eugeni Quitllet.

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Products like Fil, a lamp that forgoes ornamentation; MMS table, light, small and stackable; adaptable Tombal, both an umbrella stand and an ashtray, and iconic Catalana, which represents the bond that Pablo Neruda and Germán Rodríguez Arias established during the architect’s exile in Chile. New additions to the collection are Green and Tube stools, and Gracia wood.

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A dynamic walking by Barcelona design, accompanied this time by our friends Santa & Cole for the lighting, and greenery Voltasol by livingthings.

It has been a great pleasure to be surrounded by good friends, clients and fans in Milano. Thanks for your visit!

Miguel Milá, Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts 2016

The Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts is awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain to individuals or institutions excelling in artistic or cultural creation or to those that have provided valuable services to promotion of art and culture or to conservation of artistic heritage. This past year 2016, one of the awarded has been industrial designer Miguel Milá i Sagnier.

“Member of the generation of design pioneers of the 50’s, most of his furniture and lamps have become authentic classics.

He started designing his own products due to the shortage of objects and raw material at the time he finished studying. So he began producing by his own company Tramo, with his associates and friends the architects F. Ribas Barangé and E. Pérez Ullibarri.

He was involved in the first meetings to promote design in Barcelona and profesionalize the materia, ending in the creation of ADI-FAD (Industrial Design Association of The Fostering Arts and Design). Today is a reference of Spanish design.”

His designs are the result of painstaking but seemingly simple work which has led to many of his products being recognised as icons of our country’s industrial design. Mobles 114 is glad to be one of the producers of Milá’s designs. Congratulations Miguel!

Happy new year 2017

Jara Varela + Ramírez i Carrillo are the authors of 2017 greetings on behalf of Mobles 114:

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To celebrate Christmas days and new year 2017 to begin, Mobles 114 has counted on the photographer Jara Varela and industrial & graphic studio from Barcelona Ramírez i Carrillo. This “traditional” collaboration is the new addition to the ones created by highlighted names such as Folch Studio, Apartamento Magazine, Eugeni Quitllet, Martí Guixé or Antoni Arola. Some of the greatest examples to celebrate the arrival of a new year or summer, two big dates on our calendar.

Jara Varela is a photographer living in Barcelona. Clear and pure look of Jara is present in Mobles 114 catalogs. For instance, she has made the pics for Classic cenicero Copenhaguen ashtray by André Ricard or Tube chair by Eugeni Quitllet.

Ramírez i Carrillo is a studio formed by Jaume Ramírez, industrial designer, and Josema Carrillo, graphic designer. The multi-task studio is able to create installations, product and branding. Among their projects we would like to outline Rojo;show at Sala Vinçon with furniture from RED; or Otto bottle rack, one of the participants of the running show Tapas. Spanish design for food.

Mobles 114 at InteriHOTEL

From 23rd to 25th November, CCIB Barcelona hosted the event InteriHOTEL, consolidated after 6 years as the most important marketplace for hotel furniture. Mobles 114 has participated thanks to RED, at the RED Lounge created by interior designer Elia Felices.

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Lounge area is the recreation of a real lounge, where visitors and participants were able to chat, meet and have coffee. For this edition Felices wanted to “stay out of the typical idea of a lobby”: it is a patio with two enormous collages, like a lively street. “A space with a funny style, but without polluting the furniture, which is the main character here”, she explains. That way she was able to create a collective image, main aim of RED, with the sets of each company as a global identity.

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Mobles 114 chose products marked by metal and wood, raw materials for the novelties 2016.

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Among the chosen designs, Rambla chairs and tables, by Martín Azúa, and Luco stools can be found; Tube chairs by Eugeni Quitllet; and also Forc coatstand by Lagranja Design.

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Photography: Jara Varela

Mariscal draws Green

Javier Mariscal artistic works make him one of the most prolific and multidisciplinary authors of these days. Graphic design, interiors, furniture and visual arts have been signed by the artist born in Valencia living in Barcelona, from the 70s.

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Mobles 114 has one of the most recognised and highlighted Mariscal designs: Green chair, an example of sustainability and creativity. Its ECO version is 100% recycled and recyclable (polypropylene from industrial waste), and Colors model is a new, carefully selected range of colours using 100% recyclable materials.

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As the designer says, “in spite of its rough appearance it boasts great ergonomics thanks to the polygonal geometry of its seat”. Raised embossing softens the texture by homogenising it, also contrasting with the back of the chair.

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And thanks to the rich immagination of Mariscal, we can discover Green is more than a chair. As we can see through the graphic interpretations starring one of the star products of Mobles 114 catalog.

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Thick lines, collages, or directly from the notebook. In good company with famous Garriris, in Barcelona or next to the sea, classic scenarios or contemporary atmospheres with old and new classics. Mariscal draws Green generating a life around.

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Mobles 114 at ICFF

New York has always something to drop by there. An interest, an activity. If you add design, it becomes the place to be for tourists, but also for fans and brands. Last May was the occasion thanks to ICFF, and Mobles 114 was there.

Technically, at NYCxDESIGN,  the event for global design in the city. Thanks to the collaboration among the city council, regional govermnment and BCD Barcelona Centro de Diseño, 15 companies related to innovation and creativity have been pioneers selected on an international opening.

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Barcelona has a distinct quality, worth to “profit and strengthen”, as Major Ada Colau said. Design and creation are these qualities.

And this has been translated there in New York, thanks also to the nomination of a number of products for  Interior Design magazine Awards, on their first-ever edition. Glad and proud to find TUBE chair designed by Eugeni Quitllet for Mobles 114.

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Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Granada

Former Militar Hospital of Granada (Andalucia, Spain) has been transformed by architect Víctor López Cotelo into the new headquarters of the University of Architecture. A brilliant project, where respect of the old building has been connected to the comfort and practicity needed to teach and study.

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Old and ‘isolated’ modules from the ancient Hospital have been integrated in one functional unity, so as to create a modern educational center that also maintains the vernacular architecture. “A place to teach architecture in class but also by the building process”. It is a symbol of the neighbourhood and the city, where future architects will count on impressive facilities.

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Accessibility, acoustic isolation adapted, structural conservancy. Everything has been well treated. White and wood prevail. Historic spaces have been restored, for instance the chapel will be a bookshop, and library and director office will be professors’ hall.

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Mobles 114 has participated on the project furnishing classes and spaces with different Gimlet seating designed by Jorge Pensi, Pey tables and Mirac coat stands.

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Photography: Fernando Alda

Mobles 114 at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016.

The world of design focuses on Milano during April. From 12th to 16th, all the star-system brands travel to the Italian city to show all the novelties and products for the Salone del Mobile. Mobles 114 could not miss the date.

The stand designed by Stefano Colli was at Hall 10, where the best designed national and foreign was found. From a developed idea from the stand created for last edition of IMM Cologne, designed in characterised by wood and light, and of course Mobles 114 products as main elements.

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A wooden latticework divides a blank space creating two different areas, to recognise and discover Mobles 114 catalog from all points of view.

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At the entrance space, all the novelties from the last months were shown. Not to miss were new designs by Martín Azúa Luco stool and Rambla chair, Tube collection by Eugeni Quitllet and Forc coatstand by Lagranja design.

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On the other part the most recognisable designs from Mobles 114 can be enjoyed and/or rediscovered: some of the Classics and of course iconic TRIA with all its possibilities.

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Mobles 114 want to highlight also great design collaborations on our stand at Salone del Mobile.Milano Fair. Special thanks to Matèria, Teixidors, Equipaje BCN, Santa & Cole,livingthings & Apartamento.

Photography: Meritxell Arjalaguer

In memoriam: Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, maybe the greatest female architect nowadays, left us last week. This great dame with revolutionary creations was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker prize, considered the Nobel of architecture.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London. By 1979 she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – garnering a reputation across the world for her ground-breaking theoretical works.

Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher, her interest was in the interface between architecture, landscape, and geology; which her practice integrates with the use of innovative technologies often resulting in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany_photo Christian Richters

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Among her extensive work, placed all over the world, from Mobles 114 we want to highlight Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, or the MAXXI Museum in Rome, but also one of the unbuilt designs: Spiralling Tower, from which the first piece was placed in Barcelona in July 2009. A risky building, complex and expensive, characteristic of the star architecture boom. A great loss due to the economic crisis that left the city without a very interesting skyscraper.

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Architecture in BarcelonaConcept: a great selection

Surfing the internet allows us to surprise and discover a lot of nice things. For instance, today we stop by the blog of Mobles 114 dealers in Poland, BarcelonaConcept, which has attracted us thanks to its section Architecture.

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Casa Bloc

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Flash Flash

The most important buildings of the last years, and the icons of the city, are highlighted on the selection. The trip guides us from the Casa Bloc, social buildings designed by Josep Lluís Sert , Josep Torres i Clavé and Joan Baptista Subirana, to the best “tortillas” in town at Flash Flash restaurant, designed by Federico Correa and Alfonso Milà, among others.

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Mediapro building, Carlos Ferrater, Partick Genard, Xavier Martí Galí

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Auditorium, Rafael Moneo

International studios from Barcelona such as MBM Architects, Carlos Ferrater, or Pritzker prize winner Rafael Moneo are some of the authors. An interesting walk which discovers the contemporaneity of the architetonic skyline. A surprise in a city associated to Antoni Gaudi and Gothic buildings with a proposal of cosmopolitism.

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CCCB Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Albert Viaplana / Helio Piñón

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Museo Picasso, Jordi Garcés

Halbinsel Showroom, the best design in Berlin

Last 3rd March, Halbinsel Showroom opened its doors at David and Galstaun Studio in Berlin. The place to be and find the best Spanish design, represented by  Mobles 114 and Viccarbe.

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Curated as well as responsible of the nearly three-week event is HALBINSEL Design, the Berlin-based sales agency for modern Spanish product design. The focus is on the areas of Work Experience and Hospitality.

This temporary showroom has been a good opportunity to see good furniture, away from the vortex of the major shows in Cologne and Milan.

Mobles 114 products selected are 2016 novelties –Tube by Eugeni Quitllet, Rambla by Martín Azúa and Forc by Lagranja Studio-. And also some of the most successful pieces, for instance Tria andGreen chair by Mariscal, or Mirac coatstand.

Santa & Cole has collaborated also for the lighting.

Halbinsel Showroom can be visited until 23rd March.

David and Galstaun Studio:
Kastanienallee 32, 1. Hof links, 2. OG
10435 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

Pictures: Lucas Rubio Albizu

In memoriam: Umberto Eco

“Philosopher, father of semiotics, writer, professor, journalist, expert in ancient books: in each of their souls Umberto Eco was an international star, but with his students, readers, colleagues, Eco never exhibited such a snob pose that would have been adopted by other writers who have published bestsellers such as The name of the rose and Foucault’s pendulum. Umberto Eco laughed, reported on the latest news and -lighting a cigar had a last joke before submitting a new linguistic theory. ” We borrow the words of Gianni Rotta in La Stampa diary of Turin to farewell Umberto Eco.

Eco’s work, especially Opera Aperta (Open Work, 1962) and “continuation” Apocalittici e integrati (Apocalyptic and integrated, 1964), is a clear influence for visual communication and philosophy. A new vision of the world in which they occur adaptive structures and the influence of mass media on society.

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A master for Mobles 114, a remarkable person to follow his theories and outlook on life.

Mobles 114 at IMM Cologne 2016

From 18th to 24th January, Mobles 114  was part on Imm Cologne 2016 in Germany, with the support of ICEX, and cofunding from European funds FEDER, which contribute to the economic growing of the company, the region and Spain.
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For the German fair, the company has presented three novelties to add richness to the catalog, signed by some of the best designers of the international panorama: Lagranja Design, Martín Azúa y Eugeni Quitllet.
Forc, by Lagranja Design
Forc is a practical, convenient oak coat stand. The arrangement of the wooden pegs, with their smooth shapes, means they can be used to hang all kinds of garments and accessories at differing heights. This is a stable, hardwearing stand perfect for offices, restaurants and bars.
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Rambla, by Martín Azúa
Rambla is an armchair made from iron bars but it is light and stackable. With a contemporary shape, it reinterprets tradition and the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean lifestyle. It takes its conceptual inspiration from the seats used in one of the most emblematic streets in the city of Barcelona: the Rambla.
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TUBE, by Eugeni Quitllet
After its showing up in  Paris, IMM Cologne has been the launch of this first collaboration between the Catalan designer and Mobles 114.
Tube is a chair with soft shapes that confidently reaffirms its industrial origins, with lines that inspire movement, humanisation of the object and even humour. Beauty and comfort are integral to this pure design which seems to be traced in the air via a continual steel tube and polypropylene seat.
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Eugeni Quitllet, Designer of the Year at Maison et Objet Paris.

Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet has been chosen Maison & Objet Paris Designer of the Year, so the French event celebrates an exhibition on which the best creations of him are shown.

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There you can find TUBE chair by Mobles 114, with its tubular structure mixes the vocabulary of modernity’s 20th century design.

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Continuing to produce the most direct and cutting-edge revelation of form as possible. From object to space, Eugeni Quitllet is a design maestro with a unique vision for rethinking our surroundings with ever-evolving innovation.

Eugeni Quitllet, dreamsigner of emotions

He follows an instinctive process, “I do not know why or how.” It’s that emotion that keeps him alive and encourages him  to share his achievements with everyone. To let this emotion free, he has landed in the industrial design’s world. Each object is a challenge to accomplish what others have called impossible, otherwise, a word that Quitllet never seems to use. He has been described as refreshing designer, tireless seeker and a lover of technology; although he describes himself as a “disoñador” (“dreamsigner”, designer and dreamer).

After years in Paris in your own studio designing for the best international brands, what has attracted you to come back to Barcelona?

Barcelona is an ideal place to experience and implement concepts and new solutions. It is a city with unique characteristics in the world to live, think and dream.

How was the meeting and the creative and production process with Mobles114?

A crush! We connected right away. We share design values and we have the same concept of an imaginative industry that has always existed in Barcelona.

Is it right to say that you have been specializing in one type of monoblock design? Researching the possibilities of the same material, shapes and textures, giving it a new life?

I have no boundaries or preferences in design. Each object needs a complete specialization to realize the dimension required.

It seems that  there is an intention to surprise the user, but also the industry…

Yes, it’s like a magic trick when at the end we all say, “oooh!”. What sense would have to invent an object if it’s not new!

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Tube chair is your first design for Mobles 114. What can you tell us about this collection of chairs and tables?

It’s an industrial response to a magic trick. The beauty and comfort are the basic elements we can expect from a good design, but if you don’t achieve a new challenge or if you don’t thrill ding it, then it’s not enough. Something very simple but not obvious that gives full sense to the construction of this chair is actually something invisible. It is very industrial until you look at Tube with “curious sensitivity” and discover something hidden that I invite you to discover!

Tube’s forms are soft, but  without hidden their industrial origin, with lines that encourage us talk about movement, life, humanization of the object, even humor…
It’s a chair that doesn’t want to be pretentious and hides its virtues as a part of the intention of the project, simple on the outside, clever on the inside: an animated object!

You say design has to reach another dimension because we’ve covered all the bases. What’s this dimension? And what role does the designer have in this new paradigm?

It’s emotional! something not everyone sees but feels. Besides the function, design must serve to inspire and always questioning ourselves in a positive sense. The designer plays a friend’s role; he should give life and soul to the matter.

What’ your favourite space in your studio or  in your home? And with which object you cannot imagine an ordinary day?

My window to see the world, my desk from where I daydream and a chair to think about all…

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Mobles 114 has donated iconic pieces to Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

36 objects produced for years have been chosen due to its values as icons of design. Among others, there can be found prototypes of the Pinça (1964) ice tong, or Copenhaguen (1966) ashtray by André Ricard, and also some proposals for the oil container created by Rafael Marquina, and various editions from different years from 1961 to 1990, with a special value as unique pieces of design.

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The donation includes also some prototypes of the support for two or three oil containers. Another special design is Fil lamp (1991), designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, creator of Oporto chairs (1993) too.

 

Other remarkable objects donated by Mobles 114 are Gracia chair (2006) by JM Massana and JM Tremoleda; Green chair (2011) by Javier Mariscal, wall clock Nautilus (1996) by Oscar Tusquets, and Flod stool (2007) designed by Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné.

Mobles 114 donation has become a highlight of the product design collection for the Museum, thanks to the value in the market or as an iconic product of the objects donated. It has increased also the prototype collection, very valuable for the Museum as a first sample from designer or company and model to be manufactured.

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TRIA: the story of a shelve

In a Barcelona that was starting to configure itself as a unique creative space, JM Massana and JM Tremoleda took in 1973 the inheritance of past intellectual revolutions and updated it with a personal twist: that’s how Mobles 114 was born.

That prolific context was also the birthplace for TRIA (1978), a shelving system which perfectly symbolizes the identity of Mobles 114: obsession for function, elegant pieces, pure design and timeless shapes, and of course high quality materials.

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These references come from the interest of the founders of the company for getting back and reinterpret furniture from the 50’s, a trend very popular nowadays. Designs with marked characteristics like sober lines, functionalism, contention and elegance.

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TRIA is a shelving system in both wall and freestanding version, adaptable to any kind of home ambient (living room, kitchen, dressing room, home office, library) and also contract spaces (shops, offices, studios).

114: the story of a number

Brand Mobles 114, founded by JM Massana, JM Tremoleda and M Ferrer in 1973, had its first headquarters at 114, Enric Granados street in Barcelona.

The origins of the name are very obvious indeed. Number 114 was part of the first logo, designed by América Sánchez, and was present at the street facade for the first years.

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Logotype has been designed four times: years 1974, 1990 and 1998 by América Sánchez, and for the last time in 2011.

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For the last revision the company opted for a change of the corporate image, designed once again by América Sánchez with the collaboration of Helena Tremoleda.

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We would like to invite you to send us pictures of numbers 114 at the street, from the bus, wherever you found them; tag #m114 and #mobles114 on our social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Numbers define us.

Tube, a new look by Eugeni Quitllet

The design store MODA, in the center of Paris, and the Intramuros space, at Maison & Objet fair, were the two chosen places/spots where we presented Tube: a new collection of chairs designed by Eugeni Quitllet for Mobles 114.

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It was a double celebration: on Thursday 3th, MODA was celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition at the store, and the guests (professionals, architects, designers, journalists, influencers) were found a complete installation of Tube in the front of the store. On Saturday 5th, took place the official presentation of Tube, presented by Eugeni Quitllet with his usual passion and international knowledge, who captivated all: both the fans like the aesceptics.

The curious look of this tireless “dreamsigner” and a speech that reflects their own experiences, without frills or baroquisms, again amazed everyone.

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Since its launch, Tube has collected good reviews and congratulations from influencers all around the world, and national and international journalists have recognized its originality, functionality and commercial possibilities. As Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, one of the most respected Spanish journalists in the field of design, says: “(Tube) is a fearless seat. Iconic and daily chair, which has served to both (Mobles114) key producer of Catalan design -as the Torres Clavé chair for the Republic pavilion in 1937-  and  the designer -conscious but no slave of technology- step forward. Together. Both in the search of a chair which, apart from good-looking, is a comfortable seat even in the most unfavourable conditions”. (El País, 9th September 2015).

Barcelona Original Designs

Barcelona Original Designs is the first online platform to offer objects, furniture, lighting, accessories and classic or contemporary pieces designed in Barcelona, created by Olivia Ricard, Cristina Pujol and Silvia Cambra in order to offer a meeting point among designers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs from the city.

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Product selection shares the value of authentic, everlasting products, “which reminds us of whom, how and why it was created”, they explain. A thorough summary with valuable common nexus: Barcelona, function, ethics and aesthetics.

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Most noted objects are the ones signed by José Antonio Coderch, Miguel Milà, André Ricard or Rafael Marquina, masters of industrial design and authors of icons like Disa or Cesta lamps, and products such as Copenhagen ashtrays or Marquina oil dispensers, both belonging to Classics collection by mobles 114.

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The quickest and easiest way to get these common objects that are also true design icons: www.barcelonaindesign.com

Green eco: sustainability at mobles 114, by Ana Villagordo

Green ECO designed by Javier Mariscal is a seat in recycled and recyclable polypropylene, and wooden or metallic structure. Conceived in a sustainable way during all its lifecycle, Green has achieved a reduction of 65,7% environmental impact compared to a no ecodesigned chair of similar characteristics. Green chair is formed by a modular structure easily disassembled in recycled and recyclable materials and PEFC certified wood.

Transport has been environmentally optimized also, creating a packaging of two Green chairs disassembled in a cardboard box, also recycled and recyclable, small and easily stackable. Boxes can be stored and distributed efficiently.

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Dark grey and black in chairs explain its origins: a recycled material is never the same, so each Green chair is a unique piece of furniture, with an unknown past and a new future. A seat that achieves its function thanks to an excellent ergonomy, timeless and unpretentious design which becomes a good design.

Locally manufactured, Green ECO is designed following a sustainable process, marked by ISO 14006 in conception, materials, making, materials, transport, use and end of lifecycle.

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An affordable price; a good design, integral and coherent; timeless and high quality of upcycled materials; make Green ECO a great chance to improve our environment and society from our chairs.

About Ana Villagordo

Environmental Science graduated in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), with a cross-wise profile in strategic environmental consultancy, works for ERF – Estudi Ramon Folch & Associats.

She also teaches Sustainable Processes and Productes at Elisava School of Design and Engineering. Editor in chief of Sostenible.cat she also created blog Quincalla.org about social and sustainable design. With punctual collaborations in communication, creative strategy and sustainable and social design projects with organisations, companies and designers such as Formació i Treball, La Page Original, Milanta. Materials creatius per a l’educació,Metonimia and Mobles 114.

Can Manuel d’en Corda, by Marià Castelló and Daniel Redolat

Architects Marià Castelló + Daniel Redolat have made an intervention in a traditional house in Formentera, transforming the preexistent building to achieve a functional program which respects the popular style typical from the island but adapted to contemporary needs and also the area: Can Manuel d’en Corda.

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The ampliation of the housing has tried to focus on the landscape, oriented actually to Es Vedrà island, the rock which characterises Eivissa’s skyline.

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The original construction maintains the public spaces such as living room, dining room, kitchen and balconies, whilst the new part is occupied by the bedrooms, and the basement embraces the laundry, winery, provisions etc. The architects worked on the volumes and materials to get the maximum of the space and the best adaptation to the environment.

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That is why the material palette is reduced, highlighting Balearic tradition: stone, concrete for the floors and wood.

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Furniture selection includes design classics such as Torres Clavé armchair edited by mobles 114, or Cesta lamp by Miguel Milà, and also traditional esparto chairs and custom-made pieces in iroko wood.

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Photography: Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era

Martín Azúa and his ideas about design

(… coming from the first part)

Knowing the “why” and “how” questions are essential in any creative process, what motivates you more when tackling your work?
I try not to have preconceived ideas and I am among the designers who are distracted by the process. I change a lot my opinion and sometimes target. Maybe it’s a defect, I do not know. In any case, I like to keep some creative uncertainty.

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It seems that we live in a new paradigm dominated by social changes, a revision of values and technological advances. In this changing and sometimes confusing scenario, what do you think the role of the designer should be?

I’m not dogmatic, I think there are many valid points. Right now I am very interested in working with local resources and claim a physical and technological diversity which obviously comes as new without losing the traditional. I don’t like the idea of a standardized world where products are designed and produced by machines and are made of materials that we don’t recognize.

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On occasion you said that design is a tool to make things better, not whimsical or bizarre. If design is an adaptation strategy, what is it about? And is the beautification part of that strategy?
The focus of design needs not be the design. Design is only the strategy it is just the tool. The adjective “designer” puts us in a situation where we forget the essential and get distracted by the superfluous. Of course beauty counts, but it is a beauty that includes ethical aspects, that somehow represents our desire to be better.

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“Having it all without hardly having anything”, could you develop this statement of yours?
I don’t know what pushes us to keep more than the necessary. Having many things sometimes limits us. The free people really don’t have a dependency property. I know it’s a contradiction to be designer. But then, if we depend on something that’s worth something.

What is the space that you mostly like about a home? And with what object you can not imagine a typical day?
My favorite space has to do with light and changes throughout the day. When I shower in the morning direct sunlight comes in the bathroom and it’s great. When I eat at noon the sun comes in again and I think that light feeds me more than food. It is something fantastic about Barcelona. I think the second question refers to a special object that has an everyday but exceptional use. I designed some for an exhibition, “Artjects” which can be viewed on my website, and we saw also at the blog.

Tapas. Spanish Design for Food, exhibition about design and gastronomy

Gastronomy is one of the highlighted attractions in our country. Spain has always been involved into raw materials of high quality, gastronomic creativity and design.

This project curated by Juli Capella, organised by Acción Cultural Española with the collaboration of the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo and Tokyo Designers Week, wants to show more than 200 hundred pieces which transmit the contribution of Spanish gastronomic culture to design, and international cuisine.

The selection consists of pieces from the smallest salt-cellar to a dinner service, furniture and interior design of restaurants, including architecture with examples of Spanish wine cellars. Moreover, the exhibition tries to enhance the enormous innovative ability of the “big names” of Mediterranean cuisine, whose techniques have shaken up international gastronomy.

Among the chosen pieces some icons from mobles 114 catalog can be found: Om chair by Martín Azúa, oil and vinegar containers by Rafael Marquina and Ricard by André Ricard.

 

Also restaurant Jaleo, by renowned José Andrés in Washington designed by Juli Capella is present as an important project. Spanish furniture has been chosen for the interior, for instance Green chairs by Javier Mariscal.

The travelling show has stopped by cities like Tokyo, Miami, Washington DC, Seoul, Toronto, Ljubljana, Albuquerque and Guanajuato. Now it exhibits in Spain at last, at Central de Diseño Matadero Madrid. But the exhibition will be at the same time at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City.

All the information at the web Acción Cultural Española.

TAPAS. Spanish design for food

Central de Diseño de Matadero Madrid (DIMAD)
Pº de la Chopera, 14
28045 Madrid

La Ginesta library, Begues

The new cultural equipment of Begues, a village in the surroundings of Barcelona, has been designed by Calderón Folch Sarsanedas architecture studio as a 3-in-1 which emphasizes the wonderful landscape values of the site.

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A building with three different purposes: a theatre for 350 audients, a 1.260m2 public library (La Ginesta) and a community centre (El Roure), hosts a great amount of different activities and services.

A big old oak which had to be preserved gives the name to the building (Roure is oak in Catalan). The site, with a rather triangular shape, is a shore of the stream meander with the tree as a landmark, and it works as an advantage for the interiors, gaining continuous natural light.

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This is the highlight of the library, oriented to extract maximum advantage to light to make it the most comfortable for the users. To equip it Green chairs designed by Javier Mariscal have been used, and also Riga waste bins and Hulot coat stands designed by Joan Gaspar.

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El Roure has been nominee to Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

Photography: Meritxell Arjalaguer, Calderon Folch Sarsanedas

Saboc: haute cuisine and minimal design in Barcelona

Saboc is a gastronomic space which can be found next to the new highlight of the centre of Barcelona, El Born CC, and is trying to add a 50’s atmosphere in the freshly renewed area thanks to its Nordic style and delicate design.

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Food is the key thing in Saboc, so the architects Juan Carlos Fernández, Adam Bresnick and Reyes Castellano, with the collaboration of Antonio Romeo y Miguel Peña, have created a minimalistic and clear space using a design based on soft lines and hardwood, which transports us to a coloured universe very Scandinavian.

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Classic Mediterranean hydraulic tile, with hexagonal shape to pay homage to the ones created by Gaudi placed in popular passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, are one of the highlights and mark the colour palette with their grey tones.

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And of course, a menu based on 4 types of cooking: raw, low temperature, with stoves and griddles. An original proposal to experience and enjoy the difference from small and deliberately simple dishes.

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Saboc restaurant has become the ideal stage for furniture with attractive and delicate shapes, a charming establishment suitable to be the set for the new catalog by mobles 114. There the contrasts between crafts and industry characteristic of Green chairs by Javier Mariscal and Luco stools by Martín Azúa have made an impression.

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Photography: Meritxell Arjalaguer

Martín Azúa: beauty, nature and ethics.

The natural cycle of life, the evolution of objects or the relationships between man and his environment are aspects that Martin Azua stresses in his designs. A starting point determined in part by his origins. “In the Basque Country I think we have a special relationship with our landscape. In my case with a particular place: a beech forest in the mountains of Opakua, Álava (Spain). When I walk in the woods I feel good, everything that happens around me makes sense. In Barcelona, nostalgia makes me miss all this and I reflect this feeling on some of my projects.”

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Do your designs aspire to reproduce natural processes? Or do you prefer to re-think and explore an imaginary world?

I think we have much to learn from nature, it embodies a basic principle of economy where nothing exists for the sake of itself. Even the seemingly most capricious of flowers has a very specific function. I would like my designs to help to become aware of our belonging to a natural environment. When you’re a kid, imagination takes you to new places; with age imagination leave the way to memories.

Looking at your Luco stool, what aspects of its design are of a universally intelligible language and what other of an individual, more local language?

In their basic essence, objects of all cultures are similar but there are subtle differences that highlight an incredible diversity of responses to a same problem. The three-legged stool is basic and stable. Luco retains this primary idea but adds very contemporary aspects. Its manufacture involves a craftsman lathe and a CNC workshop. I think that’s what makes it special. Memory has been an essential ingredient in this project.

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To cherish the value of an object begins from appreciating the material used?

Yes, the material conveys much. Unfortunately some industrial processes remove features that often add value, but in the case of Luco, beech wood is clear and delicate, it has very subtle veins that stand out with the turning process and we protected the wood with a varnish that respects the silky touch of wood.

Your relationship with M114 goes back to 2006 and to the collections of chairs and stools Om and Flod, currently available in the catalog M114. How would you summarize your professional relationship with Mobles114?

It is a relationship between designers. I respect the work that JM Tremoleda and JM Masana have made over time in Mobles114. They have always had a very functional line. Their products include a discrete and somewhat timeless beauty. When talking to them there is no room for whim, the arguments are very important. I like working with them: they have clear ideas and are very demanding.

Primary and Secondary School Alexander Langer, Bolzano.

The new Alexander Langer Centre at the Firmian neighbourhood in Bolzano (Italy) hosts a school, a kindergarten and the city library of Don Bosco district, and it has become an example of integration where Italian and German have the same importance.

The historic green politic leader Alexander Langer, defender of integration, coexistence and dialogue among the linguistic groups in Tyrol, is the adequate name for an education and municipal Project implemented in an expanded neighbourhood where diversity is a reality that doesn’t mean division: it means combination.

The equipment has been built in the highest standards of quality and energy savings, searching for a benefit for the population at the areas of Don Bosco, Firmian and Casanova. Simple and lineal shapes are the highlights on a building designed by the architect Matteo Scagnol, which opens with a glazed atrium that works as a meeting point and social interaction area for the community. Its colour, dark grey at the exterior part, makes a big contrast with the light and colour explosion in the interior, used to remark the active and common part of the new “agora” of the area.

Emphasizing the two realities that converge, the structure is organized in two sections joined by a central connexion. At the ground floor common service are placed: cafeteria and auditorium; in the two upper floors the classrooms have been disposed; and at the plaza area gym and library can be found. The library has been moved to this new equipment to unify all the public services.

Ennequadro studio, led by Tiziano Noselli, has been commissioned to equip Firmian library in this new location, using BBL shelving system and Pey office tables, by mobles 114.

Happy 2015 by mobles 114

A formula by Martí Guixé has been the way of sending best wishes for the new year by mobles 114:

A possible translation of the formula could be:

“2015 is bigger or equal to 2014 multiplied by, brackets, ideas by rauxa (outburst) divided by seny (sanity), raised to mobles114″.

The ex-designer proposed some different ways to express the happy new year wishes, using its particular and original methods, as can be seen next:

Documentation Center at Museu del Disseny in Barcelona

Museu del Disseny is the result of merging the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Ceramics, the Museum of Textile and Clothing and the Graphic Arts Cabinet in Barcelona. It’s been the first to open its doors, whilst the Museum will be opened next December.

The Documentation Center holds more than 20.000 documents, books and specialized archives focused on different topics. Its aim is to create a richer and plural vision of design, and its relation with daily life.

The contents of the Archive are enriched thanks to the donations of institutions such as Barcelona Centre de Disseny (BCD), Associació de Directors d’Art i Dissenyadors Gràfics (ADG FAD), Associació de Disseny Industrial (ADI FAD), etc.

The center contains a Reading Room with 66 reading points. The bibliographic information service provides information about the Documentation Center, its reserves, its facilities and services, as well as assistance and advice in the search for information. Other types of requests, such as, technical consultations, dating of images or works, etcetera, are not included in this service. In these cases, the Library allows access to its documental reserves.

The Documentation Center is furnished with BBL Shelving System by mobles 114. Reading points are formed by Pey tables and Green chairs designed by Mariscal, and next to the windows there are some spaces more comfortable and relaxed furnished with Om Basic armchairs by Martín Azúa.

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

Edifici Disseny Hub Barcelona
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
08018 – Barcelona
Tel 93 256 68 00
museudeldisseny@bcn.cat

www.museudeldisseny.cat/en/doc-center/general-information
@dissenydoc
www.scoop.it/t/design-exhibitions

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Tuesday-Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday from 3 pm to 8 pm
Friday from 10 am to 3 pm

Barcelona Visual: artistic interpretation by Mariadiamantes

Mariadiamantes is a studio from Barcelona founded by Clara Mercader, who is the author of Barcelona Visual.

The compilation of Barcelona’s icons, reinterpreted in a plastic and colourful way, has 50 images which represent the city: from its most famous buildings and transportations, to gastronomy or daily objects related to Mediterranean way of life.

For instance, Canaletes Fountain in the Ramblas can be found, or the distinctive black and yellow taxi. Also Barcelona chair designed by Mies van der Rohe for the Universal Expo 1929 is included…

… And objects such as Marquina oil and vinegar container or Copenhagen ashtray by André Ricard, both classic design icons from Barcelona edited by mobles 114.

At Mariadiamantes web you can find the illustrations and the book, and also a collection of postcards, to send and/or receive the best of Barcelona. Highly recommended.

‘Barcelona Visual’, una original forma de descubrir los iconos de Barcelona, por Mariadiamantes from Lunwerg Editores on Vimeo.

Sant Gervasi Joan Maragall library, by BCQ Arquitectura Barcelona

The new library of Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova neighbourhood in Barcelona is placed in the building which occupies the garden of Vil·la Florida Civic Center, partially buried to maintain the identity of the project.

The project by Baena Casamor Arquitectes has been named Garden of Light, and it is shaped by “light and silence patios” and “books and knowledge patios”.


The first, surrounded by glass, light and ventilate the interior while isolating the library from the street. The second, solid prisms filled with books, are part of the supporting structure of the library.

Among the courtyards and the volumes, indoor reading and work spaces are articulated. Areas that should be small, seeking to provide a comfortable feeling of domesticity to their users.

The interior is solved easily with little textures; ceiling, floor, furniture and walls are white in general, while the face that hide concrete retaining walls and structures of the building are covered with clay tiles. This porous material, sound absorbent and warm, reminds us that it is a half-buried building carved into the earth.

mobles 114 participates with PEY office table system with integrated lighting and some contract furniture such as Riga waste bin.

More about the project at the web mobles 114.

In memoriam: Jaume Vallcorba

Jaume Vallcorba Plana, editor, philologist and passionate professor, perfectionist humanist (and, fortunately, imperfect human being)… Authentic value of Catalan literature and cultures (F Serès).

He combined the reedition of Central European, Catalan and Spanish classics (Ausiàs March, Joseph Roth, Stefan Zweig, JV Foix, Francesc Trabal, Eugeni d’Ors, Martí de Riquer, Montaigne, Chateaubriand,  Schnitzler, Hölderlin, Kafka, Burton, Lord Byron… ), updating continuously with the publication of the nouvelle vague of Spanish literature of the 80’s (Sergi Pàmies, Quim Monzó, Ferran Torrent, Francesc Serés, Empar Moliner, Gabriel Galmes, Ramon Solsona, Javier Cercas …).

We agreed with him in how to understand the role of the editor, no matter it was books, design or music. Propose, create, introduce in the market to enriche life quality, stimulating the reader and the user. To make the books (and products) empathize with the collections that complete a catalog. Working with the authors to achieve a maximum, suggesting, proposing, improving to accomplish success. With invisible discretion, perserverance, tenacity and responsibility.

Merely, edition as a job in which intelectual and handmade work converge with business vision in communication, distribution and sales.

Ever friend of mobles 114 and its products, we join all its relatives in our condolences.

Artjects: exhibition by Martín Azúa in Vinçon Barcelona

“The designer is the archer aiming at the target (problem) with the desire to hit bulls eye, a place of compromise and balance between the many factors of a project. The artist is another type of archer that shoots the arrow consciously outside of the range, with the will to go and look to what’s beyond the bounds of possibility.”

With this speech, designer Martín Azúa presents his show Artjects at Sala Vinçon Barcelona,  a collection of special objects, which provide unconventional relationships with users, tell and generate stories.

The objects observed in their multiple connections, can be very revealing of how we are and how we could be. Objects have an influence on our behavior, they are active agents and not mere instruments. The rituals that govern these relationships can be as absurd as transcendent.

mobles 114 editions highly recommends this exhibition by the author of designs such as OM armchairs and Flod stool.

Donabate Portrane Community Library, Ireland

Donabate is a small suburban coastal town in Ireland, about 20 km north-northeast of Dublin in the administrative council of Fingal. The rich Irish heritage in literature, specially with authors like Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Nobel Prizes George Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney, is one of the reasons of the growing of new libraries in the island, such as the one placed in Donabate Portrane.

 

Donabate Portrane Community Library is in the first floor of Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre, and provides the full range of services, from a collection of lending material including books, CDs, DVDs, Prints and gaming, to programmes of events for adults and children, free WiFi and substantial IT resources to the community.

Designed as a community space to meet the educational, cultural, and leisure needs of the public, the new library is set to become the heart of the community, accessible to all.

Laid out over one floor, the library is bright, modern and spacious with comfortable seating for studying or reading.  Borrowers will be able to borrow items using state of the art ‘Self Service Totems’ and use other technologies such as an interactive Smart Board in the quiet room.  In addition to what is on offer in this new library, members can also avail of the wide range of online Library services on a 24/7 basis, including book renewals and reservations, free ebooks, downloadable audio books, educational and language courses.

These are some of the reasons why Donabate Portrane Community Library has been awarded at last edition of Fit Out Awards as Project of the Year – Public Sector (Small).

Check it out at the website of Fit Out Awards.

mobles 114 editions has been part of the furnishing of Donabate Portrane Library with Sheelin Office Group. There BBL shelving system for libraries and Pey office tables can be found.

More libraries by mobles 114 editions, here.

Rosignano Marittimo library: sustainability and urban integration

Rosignano Marittimo, a village in Livorno area in Northern Italy, industrial center of the Mediterranean controlled by chemical and metallurgical companies, hosts the new cultural complex for all types of activities in the area.

Design concept has been developed by an association of companies from Torino and Genoa: Area Progetti Srl, Metec&Maggese Engineering Srl and Una2, which won the project contest thanks to “achieving two aspects that are the actual key of the idea, sustainability of the complex environment and integration in the urban context”.

The program is crossed by a walking path, and includes a library, a playroom, a small conference room, a newspaper and periodicals library, information centres and a cafeteria, forming a great cultural complex in the village.

The municipal library is furnished with Pey tables by mobles 114 in various range of formats providing maximum needs.

More about Pey Office Tables at the web.

Pey tables can be found also at the cafeteria, with Myto chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Planck.

More library furnishings at the web.

World Environment Day: Green chair, by Javier Mariscal

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

That’s why mobles 114 editions, as a sensitive and committed company to improve the quality of life and planet preservation, wants to celebrate this day and the design of its most ecofriendly product: Green chair, 100% recycled and 100% recyclable.

 

The Green Chair is an ecological and environmental-friendly project produced with polypropylene from the recycling of industrial waste.

 

 

Here you can see the making of the Green chair, step by step:

 

Green is available in two versions: with wooden or steel frame with cataphoresis for inside and outdoor use; and in two colours: grey RAL 7006, and black RAL 9004.

Green chair moving from mobles 114 editions on Vimeo.

 

 

Hospital de Cerdanya / Hôpital de Cerdagne

Cerdanya, natural comarca of the Eastern Pyrenees, has been chosen as the ideal placement for the new Transborder Hospital between France and Spain, in Puigcerdà.

The hospital building has been designed as a compact and unique volume, South oriented due to urbanistic, functional and sustainable reasons. This trapezoidal volume has one only roof related to the square in front of it, which establishes a special landscape with the mountains of the countryside.

“Our aim was to create a strong image for the hospital building, to become a landmark on the new suburb of Puigcerdà. The horizontal composition, big roof and the tower as a vertical counterpoint organize and personalize all the surroundings”, explain the authors Albert Pineda, Manuel Brullet and Alfonso de Luna.

mobles 114 editions has furnished the public spaces of the hospital, such as the lobby, café bar and waiting rooms, with Danesa armchair, Gracia chairs, Oxi side tables and Pey office table.

 

El Clot Josep Benet library: a new cultural equipment for a privileged space in Barcelona

The recently inaugurated El Clot – Josep Benet library is the new cultural equipment for Clot and Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou neighbourhoods, placed at Sant Martí district in Barcelona.

It is placed at DHUB building, a a new highlight on the skyline of Barcelona by MBM Arquitectes (Josep Martorell, Oriol Bohigas, David Mackay, Oriol Capdevila y Francesc Gual).

More about DHUB building at the blog of mobles 114.

The libraries occupies 2 floors and 1723 m2 in total, and it has become the public library number 39 in the city, apart from being the second to house the innovative service of auto-borrowing.

Mobles 114 has participated in the building equipment: some of the furniture of the company can be easily found inside: BBL shelving system for books and materials, Danesa armchairs at the reading areas, Gracia chairs and Pey tables at the studying areas, and furniture Mirac coat stands, side tables Oxi or Riga bins, are all over the space.

The inauguration of the new library took place last 23rd November.

Biblioteca El Clot – Josep Benet

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37

08018 Barcelona

Alma Negra bar, in A Coruña: former bookshop becomes a cool tapas place

A spectacular visual game that mixes perfectly wood, stone and tiles, specifically designed for the space.

That is Alma Negra bar description: a rehabilitation made by SA Estudio and MFM Interiorismo which opened recently at Barrera street, a very typical and vively street in A Coruña.

Using the basis of the former bookshop which was the original business at the building, the architects made a clear intervention without complications, in which the key is to separate the restaurant part from the bar.

The restaurant bar has been furnished by Global Asento, who chose Green wooden chairs in black colour by Javier Mariscal for mobles 114to be there.

Green chair by Javier Mariscal from Mobles 114 on Vimeo.

The Green Chair is a 100% recycled and 100% recyclable project created with the commitment to improve the quality of life and preserving the planet.

 

Sílvia Alfaras furnishes King’s offices in Spain with a colour explosion

Interior designer Sílvia Alfaras was chosen to design the new outdoor space at Barcelona offices of international company King, creators of popular games for cellphones and networks like Candy Crush among others, with 190 million players all over the world.

320 squared meters of the L-shaped terrace are a space where joy and work are wisely combined thanks to a contemporary furnishment and impressive panorama of the city of Barcelona.

In order to show company philosophy, focused on fun, furniture chosen has been contemporary in striking colours, for instance Flod stools by Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné for mobles 114. The different pieces define the various atmospheres: workspaces, spare time, relax, lunch tables, event spaces, etc.

More information about Flod stool at mobles 114.

 

mobles 114 talkings: luxury and design, by Massana and Tremoleda

On the occasion of World Industrial Design Day last 29th June, mobles 114 wanted to talk about design. The founders and designers of the company, JM Massana & JM Tremoleda, started a conversation around two key words: luxury, and its relationship with design.

How would you describe design, by mobles 114?

Design is a methodology incorporated into production processes that adds value and quality to the product, solves functional requirements and conflicts for the user and follows the company’s strategic guidelines.

We understand that the designer, working closely with the company, coordinates all the elements involved in creating a product, proposing technical and productive solutions paying attention to innovation and environmental responsibility; also brings functional improvements and defines taking good care of the resulting shape to identify the product with its meaning.

What is the main style valued and considered in mobles 114?

We don’t consider ourselves within a particular style, but we actually qualify proper values of the product identified by the brand m114, such as search for optimal value, a quality produced product and suitability for markets to be targeted and competitiveness goals, in addition to consistency with other collections that make up the 114 mobles catalog.

How do you define luxury, in terms of design?

Luxury is associated with exclusivity and high economic value. These two terms are terms which can be incorporated into a product briefing defined by the interests of the company to be transformed by Design to become a quality derived from some materials, manufacturing processes and branding association, usually very powerful and with associated value.

In fact, design would reinvent luxury thanks to innovation, bringing it away from mimetic and decadent styles. Innovation understood as an improvement towards rather complex processes, or either semi-artisan, and exclusive materials. Creativity can also bring renovation to luxury sector, renewing the product image and increasing the differentiation between exclusive brands.

What do you think is the added value of luxury in an interior?

Currently, luxury in an interior design is identified with distinction, ostentation above the required quality, wealth, and even some baroque. Therefore we think that is part of a conservative, affluent wave. But an interior can also show the exclusive quality related to luxury, with a quality product selection, in an environment with a desire to create new sensations, innovative, comfortable, human and in keeping with a contemporary interior.

Sant Ildefons library in Cornellà: a friendly architectural project

Last 16th March Sant Ildefons library opened its doors in Cornellà (Barcelona). Designed by architects M. Brullet, A. de Luna and M. Barba, it belongs to Sant Ildefons Cultural Centre, 1660 m2 space distributed in 2 floors which configure various areas for different uses and feature marvelous panoramic views.

Furniture and equipment is adapted to specific functional requirements, to create versatile sets with maximum functionality. The architects chose BBL Shelve System and Pey table in all their versions and accessories, completed with Gracia chairs, Danesa and Om armchairs, Flod stools, etc. Final result is a harmonious joint of furniture, materials and finishes integrated in a friendly architectural project.

See more projects equiped by mobles 114 at the website.

Mobles114 at the media: Caterina Albert Library

The last big project by mobles114 has been very popular and because of that it has been published on some of the most important magazines and blogs about design and trends. This is the clipping in national and international media:

diarioDESIGN: Biblioteca Caterina Albert de Camp de l’Arpa: apertura visual y luminosidad por Oliveras Boix Arquitectes.

First design magazine in Spanish and published everyday at the internet focus on luminosity, openness and clarity of the space, where all the elements have an general distribution harmony.

Nextic: Biblioteca Caterina Albert de Camp de l’Arpa.

Design, interiors, architecture and trends website published weekly allows the visitor to make a virtual trip to the building which originally was home of plastic producer Alchemika.

Infurma: Biblioteca pública Caterina Albert en Barcelona. Un proyecto de Oliveras Boix Arquitectes y equipamiento de mobles114

Spanish directory of furniture and lighting producers explains the collaboration between company and architects to get the desired atmosphere of the space.

English version here.

Marie Claire Maison Italia: La biblioteca è “in”!

The popular magazine about fashion, beauty, trends, news and trips chooses Caterina Albert library in a summary about libraries where mixture of architecture, design and technology is a success.

b-guided: Biblioteca Caterina Albert de Camp de l’Arpa. Oliveras Boix Arquitectes

International guide about Art, Gastronomy, Hotels, Fashion and Beauty, Design and Nightlife explains industrial past and multifunctional use of the complex. (Fotografia: José Hevia)

English version here.

d[x]i magazine: Biblioteca Caterina Albert de Camp de l’Arpa en Barcelona / Oliveras Boix Arquitectes

International magazine reflecting contemporary design and creativity also points out the collaboration between authors and company.