Solomillo restaurant in Barcelona
One of the highlights of Sunny Design Days, the week long tour through Spain to discover the best in Spanish design, was the food. Beautiful fresh Spanish food. Flavourful tomatoes, jamón, cheeses, olives, paellas... paired with strong and sweet wines. It's in moments like these that I realize I'm not a food blogger: as soon as there is food on the table, I'm in the moment and forget about taking photos. Please tell me I'm not the only one ;)
During the week, we had two memorable meals at Restaurante Solomillo in Barcelona. Solomillo is a brand new restaurante in the Eixample area, close to the Passeig de Gràcia. Downstairs you'll find a charcutería where you can get all kinds of iberic hams, cold cuts and cheese plates and on the first floor is a gastronomic brasserie, that serves "meat by weight" and the best Solomillo (tenderloin beef) in town.
An important asset of Solomillo is its cosy atmosphere. The interior design focuses on classic Spanish roots and was created with contemporary Spanish designs only. We had the opportunity to meet Maria and Jorge, the interior architects from Borrell & Jover, that designed Solomillo's space. They explained that they aimed to create a look and feel that is timeless yet modern. I think they succeeded that challenge: it's hard to define the date that the restaurant was designed. And it's wonderful to see famous Spanish brands like Nanimarquina (Medina rugs), Santa&Cole (Básica Mínima lamps), Cosentino (marble table tops), Marset (Funiculí lamps) and Expormim (Huma chairs) in one place.
In line with the cosy, classic and contemporary decor style, the staff at Solomillo is equally friendly and likes to explain everything about the food they serve. My absolute favorite dish was the buffalo mozzarella with Spanish tomatoes. It was succulent! Obviously not pictured, I was too busy spoiling my taste buds ;) However, I managed to capture the iberic jamón:
The view from the bar, with Funiculí lamps by Marset:
Cheeses, from smooth and soft raw cheeses to spicier aged ones:
Basica Minima lamps from Spanish editor Santa&Cole:
I love the design of the paper table runner design where you can ✓ the doneness of your meat: bleu, saignant, à point, 3/4, bien cuit.
One detail that comes back in both the charcutería and the restaurant are the ceramic tiles. Maria and Jorge choose a basic designed tile, normally used for skirting board(!) and painted it in a meaty color. Around 7300 pieces were used at Solomillo, all assembled one by one. It looks glossy, chic and is a perfect fit for a restaurant that focuses on meat!
Below: this CaressLamp from Obvious is even cooler in person: when you gently caress the lamp it will slowly go on or off (see the video here), which is very addictive ;).
The Huma chairs are by Expormim, another Spanish design brand that we had the chance to visit during Sunny Design Days. I actually saw one of these chairs being made (by hand of course): so fascinating! Will show you more about that soon.
The perfect treat after a delicous meal at Solomillo: delightful chocolate truffles:
Solomillo Charcutería y Carne al Peso /// C/ Mallorca, 251 /// Barcelona /// +34 934 67 77 55
Mosaista cement tiles in Madrid
After a sunny week in Spain I'm back in sunny France with my head full of new ideas and feeling very inspired. Little did I know a week of Sunny Design Days in Spain would be this amazing. With our group of 5 bloggers and 5 journalists we met with 11 Spanish design brands, visited 3 cities (Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid), slept in very comfy hotels and enjoyed the most delicious Spanish food, wines and cocktails. This all to a background of strong family values and contemporary design aesthetics, which completely resonates with me. In a week I saw so many cool things and I can't wait to share the best of it with you!
First off: the sunny designs by a Madrilenian company called Mosaista. When I think of #ihavethisthingwithfloors pics on Instagram they often feature beautiful patterns in cement tiles. At Mosaista they make such tiles: artisanal hydraulic tiles that stand the test of time. For their latest collection, son Iván Alvarado joined forces with his father Antonio, a fashion designer, to create "Stone Tissue". A collection of hydraulic tiles with designs inspired by fabrics, like typical British tartan fabrics, pinstrip silks and pied de poule patterns. They want to dress the world in cement tiles!
When entering the Mosaisto showroom, you enter cement tile heaven with patterns everywhere, except for the floor. The current owner doesn't allow floor tiling, that's why they are moving to a new place in Madrid soon. Speaking of a good reason to move!
All cement tiles by Mosaista are made by hand in the Madrid area with eye for detail and heart for nature: energy consumption is reduced and only time is needed to achieve the best results in terms of quality and durability. Pattern molds are custom made, you can even dress your floor or walls in your own designs!
Pattern and color options are endless, my graphic designer heart skipped a beat thinking of all the possibilities of shapes and color combos. Which one would you choose?
From contemporary to more traditional tiles, Mosaista can help you to find the right tile for your home or project. Mosaista is also specialized in cement tile renovation: they can bring an old tiled floor back to life or create new missing tiles for existing floors. And why not, do like Iván and Antonio and cover your walls with their beautiful tiles?
Stone tissue tiles being sewed:
Iván also designed this little cardboard stool to show off this artisanal hexagonal tile design:
Iván and father Antonio, in the mirror, at Restaurante TriCiclo:
Throughout Madrid, Spain and beyond you can appreciate Mosaisto's work. The terrace area at our hotel in Madrid was covered with black, white and grey dotted tiles and after our studio visit, we had lunch at TriCiclo where the bread plates were replaced by cement tiles by Mosaisto! By the way, TriCiclo is also an excellent choice if you want to try seasonal Spanish food with contemporary flavors. The prawn, mango and shiso leaf dish was my favorite. So good!
Mosaista /// Hydraulic cement tiles, design, production and renovation. /// Calle del Gobernador, 1 /// 28014 Madrid /// +34 914 20 39 33
Off to Spain for Sunny Design Days!
Au revoir Paris, ¡Hola Barcelona, Valencia y Madrid! I'm really excited, because today I'm off to Spain for Sunny Design Days! After a very busy spring working on #urbanjunglebook on top of regular client projects, and lots of rain, I'm SO ready for sunshine, the relaxed vibe of Spain and the best in Spanish design. I'm invited by RED, the Association of Spanish Design Companies, for a week in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. Last year I was in Barcelona several times and I loved it (hence my Barcelona mini guide). And on our Spanish roadtrip Robert an I also visited Valencia and its gorgeous Jardí Botànic and had yummy pastries at Dulce Leche. I've never been to Madrid though, it will be hot (around 37°C...) but I can't wait to discover the Spanish capital for the first time!
It will be a full-on program, visiting showrooms, workshops, hotels, restaurants and more... so if you like to see what our group of 5 bloggers and 5 journalists is up to, you can check the #SunnyDesignDays hashtag, or follow me on Instagram... or Snapchat!
Have a great week everyone!
@joelixjoelix on instagram