If you followed me along on Instagram, you will know that I spent the last week roaming half of Spain with the mission to discover the best of Spanish design. This amazing design bloggers tour was named ‘Sunny Design Days’ and it was more than appropriate: We had not only sunny weather but a real heat wave that accompanied us from Barcelona via Valencia to Madrid. The tour was organized by the Spanish Design Association also known as RED in Spanish. This nonprofit organization promotes Spanish design worldwide and aims to strengthen the position of Spanish design. I can conclude: They definitely succeeded with me! Before I take you on a sunny blog walk through some of the best designs made in Spain, I want to kick off the blog series called ‘Spanish Design’ with a fabulous hostel in Barcelona where I was staying.
Casa Gracia is a hostel situated in one of the most emblematic zones of Barcelona, the Gracia district. It is actually just on the edge of the districts Gracia and Eixample thus the perfect starting point to discover these two buzzing Barcelona neighborhoods. The hostel is in a modernist building typical of Barcelona, completely renovated following an elegant and creative design with many references to Barcelona. Just a few weeks ago the brand new restaurant opened its doors featuring many furniture and decor pieces sourced from local flea markets. For example, the bar is completely made of old wooden drawers bought from locals in the neighborhood. The hostel also offers a bar in the basement, a meeting room, a wonderful green patio, a community kitchen and community lounges and dining rooms. It is a hostel after all!
The rooms vary in size and design. My room was equipped with three single beds (though I slept alone), a simple and sleek interior design and a balcony overlooking the Eixample district. The building has a lot of history and you will notice the wonderfully aged marble hallways and stairs, the old (and still functioning) elevator and the refined iron balustrades on the balconies. For me as an Urban Jungle Blogger it was above all a pleasure to stay there as I enjoyed the green and leafy patio and loved all the plants at the entrance and dotted along the entire building. Speaking with the interior designer of the hotel I also learned that she wants to add even more plants to make the whole place a real eye-catcher and welcoming ‘home away from home’. In a nutshell: Have a look at Casa Gracia for your next trip to Barcelona. Small are the chances that you’ll regret it!
Stay tuned for more Spanish design over the next weeks! Hasta luego!
Photography by Igor Josifovic