The Spanish furniture firm Baltus Collection opened its first showroom in the US bang in the middle of the Miami Design District at the end of last year. The space, which measures over 500 sq m, houses its most characteristic furniture, which ranges from chairs to tables, bookshelves and wardrobes, all of which bear the company’s unmistakeable stamp of quality and good design. Baltus Collection, which is based in Marbella, in southern Spain, is a brand which typically reinterprets classical furniture and transforms it into pieces which look more contemporary and on-trend. Its high quality, generously sized products are highly regarded by architects and interior designers who use it as furniture for both public spaces (hotels, restaurants, and so on) and private residences. According to Roxana Matticoli, the firm’s director general, ‘Baltus Collection epitomises an elegant lifestyle. Baltus’s typically architectural pieces with their exquisite details adapt perfectly to the ultra-glam, deluxe lifestyle we associate with Miami.’
Located in Clerkenwell, the city's celebrated design districtYet another design brand has taken over territory in London’s design friendly Clerkenwell. This time, shipping in from Spain is BD Barcelona. Opening its first UK showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week, the brand brings an artistic aesthetic to a gallery setting on Berry Street.The space is stocked with avant-garde and occasionally eccentric pieces from a long list of collaborations with Ross Lovegrove, Doshi Levien and Neri & Hu. All follow BD Barcelona's brand credo 'Design meets art'. Among the many pieces on view are designs fresh from Salone del Mobile, such as Swedish duo Färg Blanche’s patterned and sewed wooden armchair, and the Campana Brothers's aquarium-inspired ‘Aquário' cabinet.The opening coincides with the launch of a Salvador Dalí-inspired chair titled ‘Invisible Personage’, which takes centre stage in the space. Drawing on Dalí's eerie 1935–36 work Singularities, Oscar Tusquets Blanca, an architect and BD Barcelona's co-founder, designed the armchair with the image's texture in mind, realised in a powder pink hue. The brand began showing Dalí’s works back in 1974 with his famous Mae West lips armchair; and it has since continued to reproduce his experimental designs, many of which – like the conceptual brass ‘Leda’ armchairs – are on display in the new space.The rest of BD Barcelona’s works maintain a similar surrealist synergy – as seen in Jaime Hayon's whimsical ‘King Kong’ mirrors, suspended above Cristian Zuzunaga’s vibrant pixilated sideboard from 2015, ‘Dreams'. The showroom interiors have been given a simple monochrome palette, allowing the fanciful pieces to express themselves.
Barcelona Showroom NYC sells and distributes Spanish bathroom-related products: bathroom fittings, tiles, chromotherapy and ecological air-conditioning. This showroom in New York represents four leading Spanish brands which have put down roots in the US: Roca, Laufen, Climastar and Hidrocrom (Ramón Soler.) Roca is a world leader in the bathroom sector and has a presence in over 135 countries. In addition, part of the company (Roca Ceramica) is devoted to producing and marketing ceramic flooring and surfaces. The group has production plants in four continents and directly employs over 20,000 staff. Roca is acutely aware of the importance of protecting the environment and conducts its business in a way that proactively develops initiatives with the aim of minimising damage to the environment in compliance with its own scheme, Green Tiles. The latest of these initiatives is the launch of two new, state-of-the-art porcelain tile ranges made of 80 per cent pre-recycled materials (created from waste from Roca’s factory rather than from porcelain already used by consumers). The tiles are integrally eco products yet boast the same technical and aesthetic features that the best Roca products all have. Most Roca products are for sale in the US and those which aren’t are available to order with a waiting period of six to eight weeks. Laufen is one of Roca’s brands, and specialises in bathroom furniture. With its impressive range of baths, sinks and showers – designed in collaboration with qualified architecture and design studios – it offers a complete bathroom design service. Climastar, a Spanish company with headquarters in the north of Spain, is a leading company in energy-efficient, eco air-conditioning in up-to-the-minute designs and boasting state-of-the-art technology. It’s a high-profile domestic air-conditioning firm which distributes its products in over 20 countries. Firmly commited to innovation, Climastar has developed and taken out a worldwide patent for a new product called Dual Kherr. It’s an exclusive heating system which allows the user to optimise the accumulation and radiation of heat, thanks to the use of materials such as silicon and aluminium oxide. Ramón Soler is a pioneering, Barcelona-based bathroom company which specialises in making taps. One of its new products is a shower range which combines water, light, colour and sound (you can listen to music and radio at the same time), allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of hidrochromotherapy simultaneously while showering. The system, called Hidrocrom, is an eco shower with three chromotherapy settings devised by specialists – Wellness, Anti-ageing and Playbath – which give those who use it feelings of wellbeing, harmony and equilibrium.
An old warehouse which occupies over 600sq m has been converted into BD Barcelona Design’s new showroom and retail outlet. Encouraged by its recent successes, this furniture company, which is on the verge of celebrating 40 years in business, has transformed an old space into a place where people from the design world will want to congregate. BD Barcelona’s first shop also brimmed with history. Opened in 1972, its owners created arresting shop windows and generated a huge buzz in the city at the time, so much so that a reporter for city daily newspaper La Vanguardia was moved to write a nice article which mentioned that the company had opened a new shop, even though the writer ‘didn’t know exactly what for’. It was the first time the headboard from an 18th-century bed printed on a cardboard poster could be seen side by side with a mattress filled with water rather than covered with wool. For years, BD Barcelona kept producing more designs yet its premises remained small. From 1979 until this year, the company occupied a shop on the city’s Mallorca street, which once received the National Prize for the Restoration of Historic Buildings, awarded by the Ministry of Culture. The opening of the new showroom – christened BD Barcelona Design Gallery – marks a turning point in the history of a company which has always been committed to innovation and adventurous design. In this new space, the objects displayed stand out as though they were in a museum, spotlight as they are by dramatic lighting which accentuates the decor’s theatrical quality. Pieces you can enjoy looking at there include the Cabinet Tout Va Bien, designed by Antoine et Manuel, The Narcissist dressing table by Shanghai-based designers Neri & Hu, the Lounger armchair by Jaime Hayón and Table B, designed by Konstantin Grcic, which scooped the Red Dot Best of Best prize in 2011. BD’s prestige rests in its portfolio that boasts an abundance of works by such titans of contemporary design as Ettore Sottsass, Ross Lovegrove, Javier Mariscal, Óscar Tusquets and Alfredo Häberli, among others. BD is also internationally famous, thanks to having been the first company to manufacture furniture by Antoni Gaudí, as well as designs by Salvador Dalí.
Becara is a 44-year-old Spanish company which has succeeded in becoming an internationally renowned firm in the world of interior design and home furnishings and in the promotion of a lifestyle. Having opened various Becara shops in the past few years, this time around it has cast its net much further in terms of its expansion – opening its first shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The new 1,500 sq m, two-storey shop is excellently situated from a commercial perspective since it’s part of the shopping centre, Al Haddab Center Thalia Street, owned by Alshaya, one of the Middle East’s largest retail companies. It will operate as a franchise in collaboration with Alshaya, which plans to open a new Becara shop in the city of Dammam (in the east of Saudi Arabia) in the next few months. Including the new shop in Jeddah, Becara now boasts stores all over the world, specificially in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Pamplona, Murcia, Rome, Milan, Istanbul – and, of course, in Jeddah. With over 24,000 range of products, and renowned for paying great attention to detail, Becara supplies its goods (furniture, ornaments, linens and antiques) to prestigious interior design shops and offers a comprehensive interior design both for architectural projects and private end users [Its products are currently available in over 40 countries.