On the occasion of the Milan Design Week, Mobles 114 heads one more year to the Italian city to present its latest products.
The 60th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile will take place from June 7 to 12 at the Fiera Milano Rho faigrounds. On this occasion Mobles 114 will exhibit the latest additions to the brand’s catalog. We invite you to visit us in Hall 10 D 05!
At Avinguda Diagonal 420, right between the streets Roselló and Bruc, stands the imposing Casa de les Punxes, one of the most emblematic and unique monuments of Barcelona’s modernism. Recently adapted by Cloudworks as a coworking space, we went inside to find an elegant, eclectic and cozy café-restaurant ready to host any passerby looking for a dynamic and inclusive place to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.
Located on the border between the dynamic and vibrant Gràcia neighborhood and the beautifully structured Eixample, Casa Terradas was built in 1905 as a medieval castle in an attempt to give the work of the modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch a Gothic touch. One could say that is exactly the most defining feature of Casa de les Punxes: the eternal dichotomy between new and old, contemporary and classic, basic and refined.
The Cloudworks project is divided into three well-defined spaces that allow a seamless combination of combine work and relaxation. The lobby, where pieces from Mobles114 have been incorporated, is located at street level and is open to the public; anyone is welcome to have a coffee or enjoy a tasty menu.
The modernist decoration, typical of the building’s origins, is a perfect match for the industrial inspiration of the resistant and adaptable Tube chair, designed by Eugeni Quitllet and featuring rounded lines, which takes us back to the Barcelona of the beginning of the century, as well as with the Nuta Colors stool, designed by Lluís Pau and displaying the rationalism and minimalism of the Bauhaus, whose timelessness and metalsmith finish reinforce the holistic vision in the lobby. On the other hand, the Forc coat rack, a piece by Lagranja Design, delights us with its friendly style and the clarity of its mild shapes. Carved in beech wood, practical and functional, its stylized hanger fits perfectly in the fusion between classic and contemporary.
The coworking area is located on the second floor just above the lobby in the space known as the office, which consists of 74 comfortable and pleasant workspaces. However, enjoying the most spectacular surroundings of this emblematic building requires going up a little further until the rooftop, where everything is seen from a different perspective under the protection of the famous six punxes (spikes) that account for its name. The Cloud is a space for relaxation and contemplation with five bright meeting rooms and a canteen area where one can eat and chat. The terrace furniture is composed entirely of the Tube collection. In addition to the chairs, Eugeni Quitllet surprises us with the Tube side table, perfect for both indoors and outdoors due to its aluminum construction. Sitting at the top of Casa de les Punxes and with Barcelona at your feet, Monday mornings are nothing but extremely pleasant.
From the first brushstroke to the publication of the finished illustration, Pol Montserrat works following an intentionally experimental process and with each order allows him to shape fluid images and familiar silhouettes using India ink or gouache. From his studio in Barcelona this artist, whose work has given life to several editions of Mobles 114 catalogs, illustrates ordinary scenes in a minimalist and beautiful fashion.
Drawing and painting being his vocation from an early age, Pol has found in illustration a channel with which to express emotions, situations and values through a unique language. After training as a graphic designer, in 2015 Pol decided to earn a living out of his hobby and focused his career on illustration working for brands and local projects. Three years later, in 2018 and on the occasion of the release of a new catalog, Pol Montserrat and Mobles 114 started a relationship that extends to the present day.
From that first collaboration, a link was born that resulted in a series of illustrations for the Classics catalog. In them, the Catalana armchair, the Jujol table, the Fil lamp or the Copenhagen ashtray are filled with color thanks to the fluid and conceptual strokes of the artist; diluted and close images that invite the viewer to feel an immediate connection.
Between abstract and figurative expression, these illustrations by Pol for Mobles 114 are the window to a lived and relaxed space, with a timeless and Mediterranean character where everything remains unchanged.
PEY Table System
The latest collaboration between Pol and Mobles 114 was an animation for the video opening of the PEY table collection. In it, Pol turns a neutral scene into a cozy home with his characteristic brushstrokes. The illustrator also intervenes in the video exemplifying some of the functionalities of the set of tables for workspaces or home offices.
Just a few quick strokes allow Pol Montserrat to bring us closer in a dreamlike way to the honesty and simplicity that Mobles 114 also seeks in all its designs.
More than just a restaurant serving delicious, traditional catalan food, the “Nou” Mas Vell is a place that exudes creativity and where things happen all the time. Serving also as a brewery, pub, coworking space and a place to host events, the people behind the project are positive that this is also a lifestyle. And not only do they brew their own beers here, but this practice also extends to ideas and creative energy.
Located in the Masnou area near Barcelona, in a former farmhouse from the 14th century overlooking the sea, this building was later integrated by modernist architect Bonaventura Bassegoda into the Casino complex during the very first years of the 20th century. The building was then restored, preserving its impressive doorway and some other iconic features in Gothic style that meld with a certain Mediterranean flair due to the proximity to the coastline.
The current project of architect Stefano Colli for “Nou” Mas Vell incorporates pieces by Mobles 114 in both the interior and the patio. The Tube chair and table designed by Eugeni Quitllet has a distinctive style, reminiscent of Barcelona’s industrial past, which works wonders in the outdoor dining area; while the metal of the Nuta stool and the Oxi bistrot table echoes the surfaces of the adjacent beer brewing tanks inside the restaurant. Colli has also incorporated the collection made up of the Gràcia Wood chairs and table in the coworking areas.
The graphic identity of this new Mas Vell was developed by Ingrid Picanyol Studioin parallel with Stefano Colli’s project; as a result, they compliment each other. These interventions were understood as a homage to the iconic legacy of El Mas Vell by respecting the original architectural setting, rescuing elements from the past and by adding some others that may have been present back in the days.
Mobles114 co-produces the documentary “André Ricard, el diseño invisible“, directed by filmmaker Poldo Pomés, with script by journalist Xavier Mas de Xaxàs. This 56-minute documentary depicts and goes over the life and work of one of the first Catalan product designers. A pioneer who has developed products from a humble standpoint to make our lives easier and more pleasant.
André Ricard (Barcelona, 1929) is considered, together with Miguel Milà, one of the founding fathers of Catalan design. From an early age he felt the need to analyze the form and function of objects around him. That early inclination led him to study at the Academy of Warnia Zaraszescka, a Polish artist from whom he acquired the teachings of Bauhaus, to visit the United Kingdom when the Festival of Britain was taking place, and to admire the work of Raymond Loewy.
Having design as his banner, Ricard worked to draw attention to and extol an occupation that was totally unknown in the Spain of the 50s. He also did so by drawing connections between national designers with their European and North American counterparts, as well as actively participating in the ADI-FAD (Association of Industrial Design) until it became the organization we know today.
Aesthetic beauty as a consequence of functionality
Since the beginning of his collaboration with the fragrance company Puig, where he used to design their perfume’s packaging, André Ricard has conceived some of the most recurrent designs of Spanish daily life, from the Norit detergent bottles to the Orion tongs, as well as the iconic Copenhaguen 1966 ashtrays or the Tong 1964, both reissued by Mobles114 and belonging to the “Classic Collection“.
By means of “André Ricard, el diseño invisible” and through his own words and those of people close to him such as clients, friends, former students or collaborators, we discover his way of working and conceiving design. Throughout this documentary, Ricard himself designs a container for serving and eating olives in which the pits remain hidden. “In every design problem you have to immediately put yourself in the user’s shoes,” Ricard recalls, making it clear that his vocation has been, is and always will be to make our lives easier and more beautiful.
In the Victoire area, in the heart of the world’s wine capital, you will find BodeGon, a modern bistro with a large terrace which is the stage of numerous urban scenes in a city where an eminently classic style converges, but where there is also a great sense of modernity and freshness.
Mobles114 has collaborated with Benayoun Architectes providing the outdoor furniture from the Tube series for this bar. Under the premise of contributing to the creation of a pleasant and relaxed space, especially designed to encourage social gatherings and create an informal atmosphere.
Located in the heart of Place de la Victoire, opposite the triumphal Porte d’Aquitaine, BodeGon stands out for its dynamic and lively appearance in an eminently urban area that is busy with pedestrians and packed with cyclists and students passing by.
What is surprising about the project is the incorporation of an eye-catching element that contrasts with the classical architecture and confronts it, which reminds us of the typically Parisian Haussmannian style.
The pieces belonging to the Tube series, designed by Eugeni Quitllet, are perfectly suited to the terrace of this emblematic bar thanks to their adaptability to different outdoor and even indoor environments. Moreover, they are a perfect solution for the hospitality industry. Thanks to the combination of aluminum and polypropylene that makes up the seat, the Tube series is light, resistant, stackable and easy to maintain.
The most characteristic feature of its design and where all the attention is focused is the continuous aluminum tube, which gives it great dynamism and visual appeal without detracting from its light appearance. The Tube table, which is mounted on three legs that enable a simple installation, keeps the series’ essential straight lines and brings a sense of continuity to the project.
The duo consisting of the interior designer Isern Serra and the artist Valeria Vasi has entrusted Mobles 114 with the creation of their home in Barcelona, a serene space where minimalism and Mediterranean character dominate.
Located in an old office building from the 1950s in Barcelona’s Clot neighborhood, the 120 m2 home of this creative couple is also Valeria Vasi‘s studio. A relaxed and casual atmosphere pervades all its rooms, as it has been conceived as an open space bathed in light where you can live, create and enjoy in good company.
The couple knew they wanted to create an open space that would facilitate communication and favor the social dimension. That is why they decided to opt for large spaces where the kitchen, dining room and living room merge into a single space that is oriented towards the large windows, receiving full sunlight at noon.
With clear lines and abundant natural light, the kitchen consists of a large central island covered with an ash wood countertop where the sink and hobs are placed, including the extractor fan that is integrated into the induction cooker. The absence of an extraction hood promotes a smooth transition between kitchen, dining room and living room.
Such an island acquires great prominence and is a key space when it comes to articulating the kitchen and dining room. The versatile Nuta stool by Mobles114 fits in perfectly with this setting thanks to its simple and functional lines. This design by Lluís Pau stands out for its light and balanced shape, which makes it particularly suitable for the hotel and catering industry in outdoor and indoor spaces, as it integrates optimally with styles ranging from classic to contemporary thanks to its formal sobriety. Nuta’s elegant yet functional character has earned it several design awards, such as the Delta ADI-FAD 1990 Delta Award Selection.
In addition, Nuta is a lightweight, stable and durable design which is available in various heights, finishes and colors, making it even easier to adapt to the use and characteristics of any environment.
In Isern Serra and Valeria Vasi’s home, the Nuta stool by Lluís Pau for Mobles114 fits exceptionally well into a warm, minimalist space which includes personal elements, such as works by the artist herself, paintings by her grandmother and objects acquired by the couple on several trips they have taken together.
As its very name reveals, the Danesa armchair by Mobles 114 is a most welcoming piece; inspired by the elegance and simplicity of typically Scandinavian design.
Created by industrial designers JM Massana and JM Tremoleda, Danesa is a highly comfortable seat, with pure but generous lines, inviting to be enjoyed while reading or having a relaxed chat.
Made with resistant and high quality materials, this is an infallible piece that adapts to any environment, both in public spaces (hotels, restaurants, showrooms…) and in the domestic environment or more intimate areas.
An improved design
Its design once again demonstrates the classic precept that function is what determines form, since Danesa has a backrest with two clearly differentiated parts and a cushion on the backrest for extra comfort that can be adjusted by means of a clever magnet system, allowing the height to be modified for better adaptation. This detail ensures both the wide backrest and the cushion’s adaptability to any sitting position and thus offer greater comfort even over long periods of time.
Its structure consists of solid varnished oak wood, a noble and warm material that perfectly matches the textile upholstery of the Danish brand Gabriel, available in a wide range of rich, warm and neutral tones.
The Danesa armchair is a highly versatile piece of timeless and elegant design with clear reminiscences of the modern Nordic style that fits easily in contemporary environments; it brings a warm and elegant note while inviting you to enjoy its great comfort thanks to its backrest system.
It’s a wrap! As this intense year comes to an end, we are already anticipating a 2022 with this dreamy abstraction especially created by Júlia Esqué for Mobles114.
The work of the Barcelona-based designer is everything but easy to define; always suggestive and enticing. In her practice, she constantly demonstrates how fond she is of all materials and solutions available for her to explore.
Always moving between the conceptual realm and the functional aspect of design, her work delves into a wide range of research fields, from ergonomics to textures, as it is proven by the some furniture designs.
From her Barcelona studio, the designer is keen on the relationship between objects and their ultimate users: us, people. Furthermore, she has been devoted to color studies and pattern experimentation for her most recent works.
It is just that, that ability to flow; to be open to any kind of new exciting projects that the future may bring that makes us so optimistic about this coming year.
From Mobles114, we would like to wish you a happy New Year.
Sert’s architectural rationalism, the emotional paintings of Miró and Picasso and the warmth of Torres Clavé’s furniture served as a means of political propaganda and laid the foundations of a modern movement that achieved recognition in exile.
The World’s fair in Paris lasted only a short time: it opened on May 25th, 1937 and closed on November 25th of the same year. Inside that diaphanous space, a sculptural calmness was experienced for a second in the face of the imminent chaos that lurked in Europe.
The 1937 pavilion
In autumn 1936, in the midst of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the government of the Second Republic considered its participation in the Paris World’s Fair to be indispensable due to the enormous propaganda potential of the event and in order to turn Spain into a reference in terms of art, architecture and design.
On February 27th 1937, in Trocadéro Square, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the first stone was laid of what would become an architectural icon and a symbol of the Spanish modern movement: The Pavilion of the Republic, a piece by Josep Lluís Sert and Luis Lacasa. The pavilion, curated by the philosopher José Gaos, had two signatories: on the one hand Josep Lluís Sert, a prominent disciple of Le Corbusier and founder of GATCPAC (Group of Catalan Architects and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture), and on the other Luis Lacasa, a member of the Communist Party and promoter of the Alliance of Antifascist Intellectuals for the Defense of Culture.
While Lacasa was close to regionalist architecture, Sert tended towards rationalism. Due to the short deadlines for the construction of the pavilion, Lacasa’s idea, based on brick construction, was discarded to make way for Sert’s proposal, which was based on a “dry” construction using prefabricated modules. In addition, as if the time and investment constraints were not enough, the construction plan had to be adapted to an irregular sloping terrain and had to respect the existing trees.
The 1,400-square-meter building, conceived by its architects as an empty container, became a symbol of innovation and talent, hosting the work of Spain’s most prominent artists and intellectuals. The writers Max Aub and José Bergamín, the poster designer and photomontage artist Josep Renau, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel, the sculptors Alberto Sánchez and Julio González, the painters Hernando Viñes, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso and the architect Josep Torres Clavé, with a sample of his refined furniture, gave a shape, images and words to what was happening in Spain.
Although from the very beginning the event’s organizers asked Picasso for his collaboration, thus guaranteeing its success and public repercussion, he ended up being the one who delayed the inauguration. Guernica, later considered the great icon of 20th century Spanish painting, had a key place in the pavilion. Located on one of the walls of the courtyard, on the open floor, Sert and Lacasa had arranged the columns supporting the building in such a way that none of them prevented the painting from being seen in its entirety.
In the central part of the courtyard was also the Mercury Fountain, a work by Alexandre Calder, the only foreign artist participating in the pavilion. In the same area, covered with a canvas that served as an auditorium, were several wooden armchairs with rope backs designed in 1934 by Josep Torres Clavé which we currently produce at Mobles114.
The current building
On the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games, the City Council of Barcelona commissioned architects Antoni Ubach, Miquel Espinet and Juan Miguel Hernández León to build a replica of the pavilion. This construction, which respects the original project, is located in Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron district and is currently home to the CRAI, one of the world’s most important archive-libraries on the Second Republic, the Civil War, exile, Franco’s regime and the Spanish transition.
The Torres Clavé Armchair
As a small tribute to the legacy of the architect and designer Josep Torres Clavé and to this design that has been with us for years and is part of our Classics catalog, photographer Jara Varela captures in this collection the beauty of the armchair inspired by the popular Ibizan “cadirats” in different corners of the pavilion, as it must have been seen by visitors in 1937.
Torres Clavé, co-founder with Antoni Bonet of MIDVA (Furniture and decoration for the current home), mastered the search for comfort, which becomes evident in this design combining devotion to craftsmanship with a rational exercise in ergonomics and proportions.
After three decades of history and great commercial success in the textile industry, the Catalan brand is still committed to social issues. More than thirty people with functional diversity work on handlooms producing unique pieces in an environment that exudes care and affection for quality craftsmanship. Some other elements have been added to this social initiative as well: add design, natural raw materials and sustainability.
Previously renovated by the architectural cooperative arqbag, this modernist building designed in 1916 stands out once again for the work of architect and interior designer Stefano Colli and Mobles 114 in equipping the offices and multipurpose spaces.
Colli believes that design and architecture can “transform and improve small things, spaces, places, people and their habits”. Such a statement finds a perfect confirmation in Teixidors’s premises in Terrassa, where its diaphanous spaces gladly welcome the functional designs of Mobles 114.
According to Colli, interior design is also another way of communicating, which is evident in his selection of furniture for Teixidors’s interiors. Our Tube chairs, with their industrial spirit and relaxed lines, fit perfectly into any environment thanks to their versatility. With a solid body of pure lines, the Pey table is the protagonist of the office spaces, whose walls are covered by our functional Tria shelving system. Our Green Eco chair, produced with 100% recycled and 100% recyclable material from industrial waste, can also be found in the work environment. The polygonal geometry and the high relief engraving on the seat give it an absolutely original look, while its sustainable character resonates with the values of the firm Teixidors.
The workshop also highlights Luco stool’s modern forms and traditional spirit. We can find pieces of functional furniture in every corner, such as the Hulot coat stand or the Riga bin, which blend perfectly. The sculptural shapes of the Om Textil chair and the Oxi Bistrot table bring balance and a touch of color to a space where wood shades prevail and whose protagonist is the light entering through large windows.
The new interior design of Teixidors boasts creativity thanks to the original furniture of Mobles 114, which gives its own identity to an industrial space where the attention and taste for details contribute to create a warm and pleasant atmosphere for its employees.
Tierra de arcillas is a project that was born to create ceramic pieces and objects right from the origin of the process.
A humble project that, precisely because of its simplicity, seeks a more honest way of understanding the world, more rooted in the territory. That is why it makes us a part of the process of research, the quest for materials and their transformation from the original soils of the Andarax river in Almería.
The result is a careful selection of different clays, textures and colors creating a unique collection that connects soil, table and food through ceramic.
Being aware of this project, at Mobles 114 we wanted to side with this philosophy and that’s why we asked Tierra de arcillas to design a vase to wish you all a good summer 2021.
By playing with the static immobility of a totem pole, the oscillating movement of a tumble and the percussion of a mortar, Martín Azúa designed this object “stabile/mobile” (word borrowed from Alexander Calder’s work): Tótem.
After working for many years with Azúa, Mobles 114 knew that this designer of Basque origin was the ideal person to design this piece. This renowned author has the astonishing ability to transform the materials he uses into unique objects through which shapes and nature penetrate the spaces that contain them.
Tótem was requested to be presented on one of the Tria shelves exhibited at the Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan. This is a limited edition, made of American walnut tree.
This is not the first time that Azúa has designed a piece of this style. Throughout his career, the designer has created several versions of mortars and totems.
It would be interesting to investigate a little more about the obsession of the author for this type of sculptures and see why there is a continuous return to the work of this kind of objects.
Regarding the creation of Totem, Azúa has designed a collection made up of three different models that have both a decorative and a functional function: they serve as mortars to grind pigments, vegetables, seeds, and more.
This is not the first time Martín Azúa has worked for Mobles 114: in recent years, this Barcelona-based designer has worked several times for the brand’s catalogue, designing for example the Luco stool or the Rambla chair.
As a defender of craftsmanship, Azúa is keen to work with different materials, always respecting their characteristics and textures to highlight their origins.
Azúa preserves in his works the naturalness of materials, highlighting its properties, evolution and characteristics. Through his works, the author succeeds in introducing a part of nature into the urban environment in which most of us are immersed.
Azúa’s work is characterized by the incorporation of experimentation into the design process, often by inviting craftsmen or producers, and by demanding social reflection and respect for the craft culture in their works. Because, according to him, “craftsmanship is a quest for quality”, and this is reflected in all the author’s works.
The works of the Basque designer cover several categories: he has designed from different materials such as furniture, lighting, or objects that have a clearly identifiable identity. An own identity, which is reflected in his most functional designs, as well as in the designs of more abstract objects, full of poetry, and characterized with a refined sense of humor.
Since 2007 his project “Basic House” is part of the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York. In addition, he also exhibits several pieces of his collection at the Design Museum of Barcelona and in various public and private collections.
Martín Azúa has been recognized for his work by winning the City of Barcelona 2000 Award, the Delta de Plata 2007 Award, the FAD Architecture/Ephimeros 2008 Award, the Design Plus 2009 Award, the Interiorismo Plus 2009 Award, the AD Best Designer of the Year 2010 Award, the Delta de Plata 2011 Award / and the Best National Trajectory Award from the Interiores 2015 Magazine.
Ona is the one design by Carles Riart which is actually kept at Mobles 114 catalog. a lineal coat rack made out of wood whose design results from a formal juxtaposition of waves and a sloping plane. Continue reading →
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: