An apartment inside a modernist marvel by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona gets reimagined
Barcelona’s Eixample district is a playground for Spanish modernist architecture enthusiasts. Antonio Gaudí was one of the architects who built the area, and recently, an apartment in his first modernist marvel in the district has been refurbished by local interiors firm Mimouca Barcelona.
It was the Nolla mosaic floors, vaulted ceilings and original stained glass of the building on Caspe Street that appealed to the client, one of Istanbul’s biggest art collectors. He was looking for a home for his family in the Spanish city, and was keen to return the interior back to its former splendour.
One of the two children’s suites
The Nolla mosaics were the starting point for Mimouca Barcelona, a firm led by Marta Casas, and they endeavoured to keep this flooring throughout the apartment. A subtle shade of mink was applied across walls, carpentry and cabinetry to accentuate its patterned power. The vaulted ceilings received equally meticulous attention, broken pieces tenderly removed and restored across friezes and mouldings.
Mimouca Barcelona’s interior enhances Gaudí’s lavish architectural highlights. In the living room, an original Valencia pink marble chimney is complemented by flanking bespoke oak bookshelves, a Casadesús sofa and vintage 1950s armchairs by Gigi Radice, upholstered in Rubelli velvet. Meanwhile, in the kitchen and dining room, black appliances by Dornbracht contrast the brushed oak dining table by Mimouca Barcelona and Andreu World’s Tauro chairs.
The central living room
The master suite is arguably the apartment’s pièce de résistance. Abundant natural light highlights its sober palette, from the bed’s brass-lined headboard to gilded bedside tables by Praddy.
In the bathroom, a pair of Italian stone sinks set an understated tone, elegantly matched with twin mirrors and black Dornbracht faucets. The toilet and shower spaces are lined with black silestone pavement and grey walls created by local marble artisan Juyol Marbles.
The master ensuite bathroom
With slight twists throughout, Mimouca Barcelona’s refit seeks to preserve the modernist flair of the apartment, from the doors to the iron and brass fittings. The renovation is considered and gracefully respects Gaudí’s original design, reflecting on the past while shaping it for the future. §