Abstract space: BD Barcelona opens first UK space at Clerkenwell Design Week
Yet another design brand has taken over territory in London’s design friendly Clerkenwell. This time, shipping in from Spain is BD Barcelona. Opening its first UK showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week, the brand brings an artistic aesthetic to a gallery setting on Berry Street.
The space is stocked with avant-garde and occasionally eccentric pieces from a long list of collaborations with Ross Lovegrove, Doshi Levien and Neri & Hu. All follow BD Barcelona’s brand credo ’Design meets art’. Among the many pieces on view are designs fresh from Salone del Mobile, such as Swedish duo Färg Blanche’s patterned and sewed wooden armchair, and the Campana Brothers’s aquarium-inspired ‘Aquário’ cabinet.
The opening coincides with the launch of a Salvador Dalí-inspired chair titled ‘Invisible Personage’, which takes centre stage in the space. Drawing on Dalí’s eerie 1935–36 work Singularities, Oscar Tusquets Blanca, an architect and BD Barcelona’s co-founder, designed the chair with the image’s texture in mind, realised in a powder pink hue. The brand began showing Dalí’s works back in 1972 with his abstract lighting; and it has since continued to reproduce his experimental designs, many of which – like the conceptual brass ‘Leda’ armchairs – are on display in the new space.
The rest of BD Barcelona’s works maintain a similar surrealist synergy – as seen in Jaime Hayon’s whimsical ‘King Kong’ mirrors, suspended above Cristian Zuzunaga’s vibrant pixilated sideboard from 2015, ‘Dreams’. The showroom interiors have been given a simple monochrome palette, allowing the fanciful pieces to express themselves.