Collection by Amanda Dameron

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.
The exhibition was arranged in chronological order, with whole rooms dedicated to certain decades.
In addition to the actual silver pieces, the molds for architect Oscar Tusquets' award-winning Oronda tea service were...
Jose Antonio Coderch's suspension lamp, a frequently knocked-off piece, won the prize in 1957.
I had no idea that Barcelona–based designer Nani Marquina is the daughter of Rafael Marquina, who created this simple...
Emiliana Design Studio created this glass vitrine, and won the Delta, in 2005.
After the show, it was time for lunch. We headed to Mercat de Santa Caterina, one of Barcelona's oldest markets.
The interior of the restaurant at Mercat de Santa Caterina showcases the building's soaring roof line, massive beams,...
One of my favorite touches inside the restaurant—a wall of flowering herbs and other greenery.
After lunch we marched a scant few steps to the residence of architect Benedetta Tagliabue, who along with her husband...
The very welcoming Benedetta Tagliabue, inside her double-height living room.
By this time, after an amazing meal of fresh seafood and other Catalan delicacies, my sleep-deprived brain was begging...
I loved the utter simplicity and rustic charm of Tagliabue's outdoor "kitchen".
After parting ways with Benedetta, we ventured into Barcelona's Gothic quarter to look for some wholesale fabrics and...
Next we headed to Fundación Alorda Derksen, an impressive and compact gallery dedicated to 21st century art.
A Cesar Vallejo, 2007, by Barcelona sculptor Jaume Piensa.
The Bob armchair, designed by Hella Jongerius for Kettal, recently won Wallpaper's 2011 "armchair of the year" award.
Another striking work—The Secret Life of Plants, 2001-02, by German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.
This winsome collection of miniatures was handmade by Patricia Urquiola, who used them as a starting point for her 2007...

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