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issue 44 - June/July 2018
CURVE magazine cover June/July 2018
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A Delicate Palette and Authentic Details

This beautiful apartment is located in the oldest part of Barcelona, in an ancient building that dates back to the 13th century, in the neighborhood known as Born. The brief was to completely transform the old property into new, vibrant apartment, the home of a young Italian woman, a fashion professional. Design firm CaSA took on the brief and the outcome is fantastic. The highly compartmented layout originally included three bedrooms and placed the living and kitchen area in the dark interior of the site. The new arrangement overturns the original layout and enhances the great proportions of the ancient spaces, with high, vaulted ceilings, huge windows and thick walls.

The key piece of the project is a thick, bespoke storage unit that divides the entrance from the living area, converting the hall into a disguised walk in wardrobe. The deep blue, boiserie like, floor to ceiling cabinetry provides plenty of storage and its lacquered panels conceal a direct access to the bedroom from the main entrance through a double door.

A cut out, light pink, grand doorway connects the living area to the entrance while hiding closet doors on both sides. In the entryway, light is provided by a minimalistic glass globe built in within the unit, and a niche that peeks into the living room. This opening matches the opposite living room window that was previously boarded up, now re opened above a dotted bespoke radiator cover.

The airy living and kitchen space features two huge balcony windows, whose original woodwork has been restored, preserving the detailed wooden shutter motifs. False ceilings were removed to expose the Catalan vaults and wooden beamed ceilings, all painted white to increase brightness.

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