Barcelona’s Chic and Basic Born Hotel

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By Zolton in Architecture on Saturday 30 May 2009

My wife and I have just returned from a week lapping up the culture and exploring the long winding alleyways that run off the main streets in the center of Barcelona. What a magnificent city! The seamless blend of old and new in the architecture, food, and sounds, which float out of the bars and cafes, combine with a very distinct design aesthetic, which permeates the stores and hotels to create a thriving modern city with one eye firmly on the future and the other on the artifacts of its past. While in Barcelona, we spent a few nights staying at the sublime Chic and Basic Hotel [photographed above and below], located in the Born area. This hotel symbolized so much of what we considered Barcelona to be about.

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Alex Trochut to speak at AIGANY

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By Casper Johansson in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2009

Renowned for his technically exquisite type creations, Barcelona-based illustrator and designer Alex Trochut attributes his love of typography to his grandfather, Joan Trochut, a typographer and the creator of a modular typographic and ornament system built in the 40s. Trochut’s philosophy is that ‘more is more’, and this is reflected in his commissions for The Guardian, Nike, The Rolling Stones, British Airways, Budweiser and Diesel. He’s speaking on January 15th as part of the AIGANY Small Talks at New York’s Bumble and bumble. You can register to attend via their website.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Wednesday 7 January 2009

Over the past twenty years, Woody Allen has churned out mediocre efforts, especially compared to his early work. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, though, is a standout riddled with social satire and excellent comic timing. It follows Vicky and Cristina, two young American friends who share similar interests but opposite morals. They spend the summer in Barcelona, […]

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Oscar Gimenez

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 25 November 2008

Says Barcelona-based illustrator, Oscar Gimenez, of his beautiful line drawings: ‘I used to be a big fan of fashion illustration. When I started illustrating, that’s what everybody was doing, at least in Barcelona. But I get so easily distracted and bored with trends that I quickly came off it. However, it looks like a few […]

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Barcelona’s Santa Caterina Market

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By Snell in Architecture on Monday 3 November 2008

This organic form, revealing itself from the sprawling metropolis of Barcelona via the marauding eye of Google, is the Santa Caterina Market. Designed by the late architect Enric Miralles it has a floating ceramic roof that drapes the bustling market below in a parental way. The coloured ceramics, of course, represent the smorgasbord of fruit […]

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Bar Oviso

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By Huna Amweero in Cool Travel on Thursday 31 July 2008

On my recent visit to Barcelona, my love for Animal Farm led me to the Plaça de Geroge Orwell. There I discovered Oviso. The tiny café features hand painted walls and low wooden benches, where inhabitants enjoy great coffee for €1 and discuss music, beer, photography and the hordes of tourists that bustle just beyond […]

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Cardillo Music

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By Snell in Architecture on Friday 27 June 2008

Italian architect Antonio Cardillo is of the opinion that architecture is only still in pictures, as in its real life it is in a state of transition with man and light moving through it.

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Deathbowl to Downtown

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By Derrick Stembridge in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 June 2008

Along with San Francisco and Barcelona, New York is arguably the modern street skating city, both in reality and image. Because of the unique background, experience and perspective of the film’s creators and the decision to “cast” the city of New York as one of the main characters, Deathbowl to Downtown promises to be an unprecedented, seminal film.

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Alex Trochut

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 16 October 2007

Deanne Cheuk name-checked him in a recent interview we did with her, so we thought we’d peek into the artistic world of Barcelona-based illustrator, Alex Trochut.

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