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Barcelona, Day One

When the plane's wheels touched ground this morning at 7am, it was still dark in Barcelona. We, a motley crew of design-website editors, had just spent a long eight hours flying over the Atlantic with—horrors!—no wifi. Even though the sun was just rising as we sped away from the airport, we resisted the siren song of hotel beds and Internet clicking, and immediately embarked upon a rousing tour of Catalan architecture, art and design.

Our first stop was Palau Robert, a landmark Neo-classical mansion owned by the Government of Catalonia. On view was Delta Awards: 50 Years with Design 1960-2010, a showcase highlighting excellence in the design and production of industrial objects in Spain. Left: Sketches by Alberto Lievore of his Rothko chair, which won a Delta award in 1981.

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