“Inspired in Barcelona”. The Mediterranean design bathes the ‘Salone del Mobile Milano’ 2019

Warm, diverse, open and emotional. Following these 4 attributes this year, the "made in Barcelona" design is presented at Milan Design Week 2019.


f there is an unavoidable appointment for any designer or company related to the Interior Design that is the one that Milan embraces every April. Some would even assure that this meeting between artists, designers and companies is where the design itself was born. During this week the Italian city condenses two of its great meetings: Il Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone.

If the first one receives all the novelties of the big names of the furniture and the most talented designers, the second, located in the less chic neighbourhoods, concentrates the exhibitions, the events and the “show business” of such a prestigious event.

“Inspired in Barcelona: Mediterranean Design” will immerse an audience from all over the globe in the rhythms and colours of a city rich in contrasts and full of talent.

After the success in 2017 of the exhibition organized by the BCD (Barcelona Center of Disseny) “Inspired in Barcelona: in & out”, the most international design of Barcelona returns this year to the Fuorisalone 2019 with a great installation in the distinguished neighbourhood of Brera. In Via Dante 14, inside a prestigious historic building, “Inspired in Barcelona: Mediterranean Design” will immerse a public from all the countries of the world in the rhythms and colours of a city rich in contrasts and full of talent.

The renamed Emiliana Design Studio has been chosen to design an installation that seeks, in addition to displaying a collection of varied products, to provoke an emotional response to the international audience. After the four axioms that divide the exhibition (Warm, Diverse, Open, Emotional) you will be able to understand the know-how and travel through the work of designers and producers from the Mediterranean capital. It will also be possible to analyze the relationship between the Mediterranean climate and the language used by the design made in Barcelona, ​​expressed both when designing a piece and when assimilating a concept to develop a brand or a project.

The route of the installation will highlight the creative stimulus attached to the mediterranean spirit and the identity traits arising from the connection between tradition and innovation: natural materials and warm tones.

These will serve as a common thread between the selection of designs presented by some of the prestigious companies in the sector and the objects created by small independent brands for which craftsmanship plays a fundamental role.

The exhibition highlights the indispensable designers and architects of the Barcelona’s panorama: Tarruella Trenchs Studio, Lagranja Design, Isaac Piñeiro, Yonoh or Andreu Carulla.

Among the participating companies are great national design names such as the carpet brand Nanimarquina, the lighting producers Santa & Cole, Vibia and Marset, the Carmenes and Joquer upholstery companies, the emblematic BD Barcelona Design or the textile brand Teixidors, among others. The event also includes illustrious names such as José Antonio Coderch and his lamp Disa. Also Josep Lluscà with Woody, his tribute to the classic wooden chair that Resol produces, or the international Jaime Hayon, with his collection of Gardenias vases, produced by BD Barcelona, ​​Francesc Rifé with the Bud armchair, a design that breathes Mediterranean essence, launched last year by Carmenes or Martín Azúa, along with the Luco stool edited by Mobles114 and Kàntir, a collection of self-produced vases under its own editor: Martín Azúa Numbered.

They also highlight the indispensable elements of the Barcelona panorama: Tarruella Trenchs Studio, Lagranja Design, Isaac Piñeiro, Yonoh or Andreu Carulla. Their creations, exhibited on platforms in the exhibition’s modules, will accompany the visitor in a fluid and sensory narration about the lifestyle and values ​​of Barcelona.

The exhibition can be visited until April 14 and will serve as support for the presentation that some of the brands mentioned will show the same days within the Salone del Mobile fairgrounds.

This second edition of the “Inspired in Barcelona” project is promoted by Catalonia Trade & Investment and the Barcelona City Council, organized by the BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny and with the collaboration of Cluster Habitat, which, under the same concept, presents an installation designed by CODIC. All entities have joined forces to make known, internationally and in an such amazing setting, the creative potential of its designers and the almost 4,000 active companies in the design industry that are part of our city.

Featured images:
From left to right, products by Toru, BD Barcelona Design, Octaevo, Martin Azua, Vibia, Teixidors, Bover, Aparentment, Kettal, RS Barcelona, Santa&Cole. Images from http://www.inspiredinbarcelona.com/