The modernism of Barcelona

Modernism marked a time of changes in the conception of Catalan design and today it still remains in homes, objects and artistic creations.

An example of this is the last project of the architect Jofre Roca in cooperation with UPO Luce: the remodelling of an old apartment in the central street of Carme de Barcelona, right next to the Ramblas, which was built in 1861 under this current.

Bright, with open spaces and three courtyards, it is a modern house that has exposed many original elements, such as an incredible hydraulic floor, the walls made with old billows, the ceilings of beams and drawings in ceramics, and wooden elements.

To give full prominence to this recovery, the rest of the design is simple and sophisticated, and plays with elements of light-coloured materials and walls. The LE VITA lamp camouflages perfectly in this union, illuminating the master bedroom with the hanging and wall version, which goes from the ceiling to the side of the bed. Photos: Adrià Goula
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Estibaliz Martin’s favourites

The Basque interior designer Estibaliz Martin has been working on renovation, interior design and design projects for years. Furthermore, she has been at the helm of her own studio for over five years, creating customised comprehensive projects with meticulous attention to detail to satisfy her clients.

This is probably why she has used Faro Barcelona light fittings for some time. Knowing the people who will occupy the space well helps her to prioritise, to create modern, functional spaces and to choose the most appropriate lighting for each of those challenges.

For one of her latest projects, she chose the BERNI floor lamp to light the living room. It is a large space with a corner next to the sofa that needs a support light and that, thanks to its white finish, goes well with the modern, minimalist decor. Another favourite of Estibaliz is the LINK series, whose table lamp she has put in another space on both sides of the bed and supported on the headboard. In this case, it is important to be able to direct the light beam and that they act as reading lights. And if there is one complete collection that the interior designer has used in more than one corner of the house it is LINDA. She has used its pendant lamp to bathe the central zone of a dining room table, since it maintains a timeless, classic style in order to combine with any furniture finish, and the table lamp to light the entrance and break up the classic style of a rustic table.
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Relaxing in Greece

In an amazing countryside setting near the sea is the Casita Casita Lindos Hotel in Greece.

Renovated by the architect Vana Pernari, it has small, but cosy rooms decorated in the purest Mediterranean style. From them all, a large pool can be enjoyed that merges with the landscape. It is an oasis of peace and quiet.

To make the visitor’s stay even more pleasant, the JUST FAN fan with wooden blades has been installed in the double rooms, which not only helps you sleep and cool down, but, thanks to its design, provides wellbeing and elegance. In the jewel in the crown, the two storey suite with dining room, Pernari has gone for the WINCH fan. With a more industrial style and incorporated light, it has been installed in a sloping roof. A brown fan perfect for a space as large as this one.

Each corner is designed for guests to put their problems to one side and relax the mind. The bathrooms facilities and the decorative elements are dark stones, and to accompany the mirrors, you will find MOY wall lights. Small, sophisticated—the interior designer chose the gold finish—and perfect for humid environments. Fotography: Stelios Kalisperis
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The magic of the south

In Granada and Marbella are home to the last two renovations by Salto Proyectos, Andalusian architects with many years’ experience.

Seeking elegance and simplicity, they have designed two flats with a lot of personality that make the most of the abundant light in these lands and that mix modernity with open, functional spaces.

In Granada, where the ‘Chueca’ project can be found, the interior designers have centralised the space in a dining room of light tones, complemented with furniture and lighting. The DANKA pendant light presides over the table ‘unobtrusively’ with its subtle design, and the ceiling lights from the LINK collection give a warm welcome in the reception—with a window to the kitchen—breaking up the pale pink of the wall. Following this thread, at the ‘Tetuan’ project in Marbella, the MOY, PLAT, ERES and NIT lights are hung to illuminate some edgy finishes. The terracotta floor is the indisputable protagonist of the entire space, which has been combined with the classic white and a strong blue in the dining room. The ERES wall light is located in the entrance, gives depth to the contrasts and complements the lighting thanks to its double light beam.

PLAT has also been placed just above the table and perfectly enhances the bulb and the fine structure of the diffusor. Some soft, elegant details, such as MOY, which illuminates the master bedroom from the wall, and the NIT wall light placed next to the bed. NIT also has a tray that is perfect to be used as a bedside table. Photographs: Architectural Matter
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Eating in style

Grupo Saona has a variety of restaurants spread out over the Valencian capital and coast. They offer home-style, healthy dishes made with top quality ingredients and their spaces perfectly reflect their philosophy: to convey wellbeing and bring us closer to a healthy life and an environment as warm as the beach in Formentera bearing its name.

So, the interior designers Tarruella Trenchs set about cooling down the dining areas with the matte nickel LANTAU fan with dark walnut wooden blades, a finish that blends in with all the spaces and goes unnoticed among wood, esparto grass, fabric and a lot of natural light.

In Madrid, Gandia or Jávea you can find top quality food, spaces with modern, elegant and, at the same time, very Mediterranean designs, and one of our star fans.
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The young life

Madrid’s central Argüelles neighbourhood is home to one of Suave Interior Design’s latest projects.

It is a renovation of a narrow, dark flat in a light-filled, youthful style dwelling. To achieve this, the interior designers opened the layout to create large, shared spaces, managing to transport the natural light throughout the inside. The use of neutral materials like wood, light fabrics or wall tones have successfully conveyed the idea of coolness and openness. For the bedside lighting, they used the BOC and ORLEANS wall lights in black and white, respectively, which marry perfectly with the minimalist, soft style of the rooms and leave space for bedside tables.

Faro’s LAO floor lamp in black finish was also used. Designed by Nahtrang, it provides style, elegance and a perfect reading light.

A modern space for a young person in one of the city’s best areas ready to move into. Photography by Luzestudio
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A window to the sky

We go up to the top floor of a building in the modernist city of Reus in Tarragona to enter a new renovation project by LoCa Studio.

The apartment was the concierge’s old home — very typical in these types of buildings, — a small, dark space that the family who lives just below bought to convert into a common zone for relaxation and celebrations. The primary aim of the project was to make the most of the natural light that that floods in thanks to the building’s height, so the first thing they did was to connect the terraces with the building. The architects raised the floor, opened balcony doors and unified the materials of the different spaces and windows.

The result is a spacious flat that is minimalist in style and in which the use of wood and the terrace plays an important role. The layout is open, and it has a living-dining room, a bathroom and a small office. For lighting, the TEN wall lamps in matt nickel finish and the copper tabletop version stand out, perfect as a general light that goes unnoticed. The PLAT pendant lamp organizes the central space of the table and, thanks to the white finish, follows the discreet and modern line of the dwelling. Finally, we also find the PEPPER clip wall lamp in the study area, which with its beige colour accompanies the wood and gives it a touch of personality. Photography: Pol Viladoms
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PLAT and a flat ready to live in

Barcelona’s calle Londres is where you will find the latest project of Ingenii interior design —a renovated flat ready for occupation. The dwelling has a living-dining room, one bedroom and one bathroom in rather open spaces. The original wooden beams were kept as part of its design which, against the white of all the walls, offer a relaxed, minimalist and modern environment.

A “tranquility” that the interior designers have broken with the furniture and lighting. The PLAT ceiling light has been placed in the centre of the table in the living-dining room, which, thanks to the bright effect produced by its light source, provides personality and contrast throughout the room.

Two Faro Barcelona TEN wall lights in matte nickel finish have also been used for the general lighting in the corridors and in the bathroom. In this case, it is a support light that follows the “clear” and overall style of the whole home.
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A small, modern work

The centre of Kiev is home to the new renovation project of the Ukrainian interior designers Bubes&Grabovska, a small 56 m2 flat with a very modern, functional style.

Despite its small size, the designers have managed to create a home that meets every need and has a bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, a dining room that opens out onto the kitchen with a bar, a bathroom and even a small pantry. A space that is very well used and that, thanks to the use of neutral tones and materials such as wood, at the same time gives a certain feeling of spaciousness. The lighting follows the same mantra and has adapted perfectly to this modern work. The WHIZZ pendant light designed by Christoph Friedrich Wagner for Faro Barcelona was installed above the bar separating the kitchen from the dining room and, thanks to its black and copper finish, provides a touch of colour, modernity and contrast with the wood. TAKE AWAY, the portable lamp by Nahtrang also for Faro, is the lighting accessory that the designers have chosen for the bedroom, next to the bed. Since it is portable, TAKE AWAY can help to light any corner of this small, but stylish home and help to light, for instance, the walk-in wardrobe next to the bedroom. Photography: Sergiy Kadulin
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The nest, the home

The NIDO pendant light from Faro Barcelona is the star of the dining room of the latest project of Collgorgot in Figueras.

This Catalan architecture studio has renovated a 110 m2 floor, arranging it to hold an open living room with dining room and kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. NIDO is situated just above the table that joins the first three spaces and steals the show thanks to the contrast with the white walls and the rest of the wood furniture and warm tones. A lamp for general lighting that, as happens with birds, gathers the entire family in a warm home.

Owners: Maria Amat and Pol Pijoan
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