Nuta Colors, architecturally inspired

Marcel Breuer once said: “I am as interested in the details as in the whole structure. A shape, a point of view, a color. This philosophy was the starting point for the new collection of the NUTA stool, an icon of the designer Lluís Pau from 1988 to which four colors have been added, inspired by small extracts of great sculptures of Barcelona.

The coral red of one of Alexander Calder’s wings is transformed and adapted to the stool’s pure and light lines. So does the green color of Antoni Tàpies’ Homage to Picasso or the black tone of Susana Solano’s sinuous structure, as well as Joan Brossa’s visual poem, crumbled in a shade of white that turns out to be silk gray in color.

This iconic stool’s new palette emerges from the interplay between classic and new, empty and full. Serene tones that match Mobles 114’s quest for timelessness. Time does not seem to have gone by for NUTA, just as it has not passed for any of the sculptures from which it draws inspiration.

Previous versions of this iconic stool used to live indoors (in kitchens, bars, bathrooms…), but now it can also inhabit terraces and outdoor areas. After being immersed in Barcelona’s street art, its paint is specially prepared to endure in the open air. The NUTA Colors by Mobles 114 is the clear example of updating a classic; beauty reduced to its essence and the strong impact that culture can have on design. A totally universal piece stemming from both inspiration and local production.

Which version will you choose?

Text: Gemma Cuadrado

Pictures by: Meritxell Arjalaguer

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is the first building designed by Antoni Gaudí after graduating in architecture in Barcelona in 1878. It was built between 1883 and 1888 in the Gracia district of Barcelona.

The house has a pronounced orientalist design, a style that Gaudi developed and perfected throughout his career. The Casa Vicens was commissioned by Manuel Vicens i Montaner, owner of a ceramic factory, and was to be the family’s summer residence.

Gaudí designed the interiors of the house together with craftsmen such as the sculptor Llorenç Matamala or the cabinetmaker Eudald Puntí. The iron fence is made from a palm leaf manufactured along with the blacksmith Juan Oñós.

In 2014 the house was sold to a private entity that carried out a complete renovation to turn Casa Vicens into a house to be visited by the public. It currently is part of the tourist route of modernism in Barcelona. The refurbishment was entrusted to the Martínez Lapeña – Elías Torres architectural studio, which was able to reconstruct missing architectural elements from old photographs, as well as eliminate features that were not in Gaudi’s original project.

Now a house-museum, Casa Vicens offers its visitors a cafeteria at the end of the garden that allows them to sit comfortably and admire one of the architectural wonders of the city of Barcelona.

This cafeteria is of contemporary design and its architects Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres were inspired by the colours and shapes of the original house designed by Gaudí. The Nuta stools, designed by Lluís Pau, are part of the furniture of this cafeteria.