The last couple of days in Barcelona have been amazing and I’m glad I was able to share my favourite parts with you in PART 1 and PART 2 of MY ANTONI GAUDI EXPERIENCE. The only disappointment I’ve had was that I wasn’t able to see Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, but I guess that was mostly my fault. Luckily I was able to find a slot available this afternoon at 2pm, its a tight squeeze because I have to leave the city at 4:00pm. As I’ve learnt from my other experiences with Gaudi’s work I need at least four hours to take it all in. But I’d rather have two hours than none at all.
So today, the 7th of October 2017, I shall have the pleasure of being one of the millions to have visited Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Gothic-style Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family)
I’m sitting in a restaurant along Carrer de Pau Claris street in Barcelona restaurant reminiscing about my experience this morning at CASA MILA “LE PEDRERA”. From the courtyard to the terrace to actually seeing how people lived there over a 100 years ago. I guess I should stop there and let you read my experience yourself, if you haven’t, in my last post MY ANTONI GAUDI EXPERIENCE (PART 1) so you may understand not only the brilliance that is La Pedrera but that of its master architect Señor Antoni Gaudi.
Now that my feet are all rested and my stomach is full I pay my bill and head on back to Passeig de Gràcia avenue which a century ago the most prestigious bourgeois families settled. Passing every high end brand store you can think of, from Gucci to Prada, I guess nothing much has changed.
My destination this fine afternoon is the astounding residential home designed by Gaudi for Josep Batlló, Casa Batllo.
It’s the evening of 3rd October 2017 and I’ve just landed at Barcelona’s El-Prat airport. Armed with the ultimate traveler’s guide, THE LONELY PLANET, I’m fully prepared to tackle this beautiful city in the four days I’ll be here. I plan to visit four places per day, tough but undoubtedly worth it, and of the 16 locations the ones I’m most ecstatic about are the works of Gaudi. Due to the tight itinerary I’ve set up I’ll unfortunately only be able to view 4 of his works during this trip. So before I get into them I have to acknowledge the master of architecture and design, the one the only…Antoni Gaudí i Cornet.
For those of you who enjoyed my last post, OFFICE STYLE: THE TOM DIXON WINGCHAIR, on my proposed office designs using the Tom Dixon wing chair for my current client I have something even more amazing for you. Yes, it is possible to beat my last post but if you learn just one thing today its that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that’s impossible and finding ways to style a space, any space, with a beautiful piece such as the TOM DIXON CHAIR is no exception. So for those of you who’ve written to me asking whether this chair can have as much impact in a home as it did in the office concepts I created, this post should work as a resounding yes. I will, as usual, go much further than confirming it and will show you a couple of design concepts that prove it.
Take a look for yourselves: