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Niche Design Shops

Top 10 BCN

By Brian Gallagher 20.01.14

In this age of communication saturation sometimes there can be no greater pleasure than the three dimensional world of design and its reassuring tangibility. Objects that serve a practical purpose or that are simply beautiful in their own right but which have a materiality and occupy real three dimensional space. Pieces that help make our homes more personal reflecting our sense of ourselves. Whether it be a present for others or for our own home environment finding just the right decorative object can be a very rewarding experience in itself. Barcelona has a great choice of shops where unusual and practical designer objects can be discovered, unique collections of the day to day things that reflect our tastes and habits. Large and small pieces not necessarily expensive but definitely eclectic, idiosyncratic and charming. Here we present our selection of top ten Barcelona Niche Design Shops some of which are just off the beaten track but all of which will reward further investigation.

  • Recdi8

    #01 Recdi8

    Recdi8 take charge of everything from refurbishment projects to the very last detail of the home giving advice and guidance on everything related to interior design themes. They sell their own design furniture as well as manufacturers like Busnelli, Bonaldo, Casa Desus, Alivar and Hay. Lamps by Catellani&Smith, George Nelson and Tom Dixon. Accesories by Sieger, Atelier Vierkant or Pols Potten. Arte from Anke Manshusen, Catman and Delia Rubio. 

  • babbazar

    #02 Babbazar

    Photography, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and African arts inspired by the Dark Continent. Furniture, carpets, bowls, lamps... Babbazar is a treasure chest full of memorabilia collected from travels to Morocco, Mauritania, the Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Dogon.

  • nordicthink

    #03 Nordicthink

    Simple pieces, beautiful & functional, furniture and objects from some of the masters of Scandinavian design as well as emerging contemporary talents. Featuring tables, chairs, sofas, stools, shelves, carpets, lighting and decorative objects as well as toys. Including; Muuto, String, &tradition, Ferm Living, Kidsonroof, Normann Copenhagen, Northern Lighting, Lightyears, Zweed.

  • formista

    #04 Formista

    Exclusive design pieces hand made using diverse materials by local and international craftsmen and women such as Lusesita, Minji Jung, Apparatu, Berta Sumpsi, Brucc, Matteo Zorzenoni, Zaven and Lalula amongst many others.

  • studiostore

    #05 Studiostore

    Design studio, shop and gallery which feed off one another, providing creative, unique and innovative design solutions. Barcelona furniture and design firms including; Usame, Woouf, Softheads, Modultyp… textiles from El Colmillo de Morsa, Manila, Happy Socks; accessories by Maria Zurueta, Gem4, Nylon Sky; Art and photography from local artists.

  • mar de cava

    #06 Mar de Cava

    Highly personal pieces, daring, classic, unique, craft, conceptual... bespoke. Boring prohibited. Domingo Ayala, Debbie Wijskamp, Donna Wilson, Boca do Lobo, Ru edition, Jordi Milà, Apparatu,Ona Boix, Two/bo, Baxter, Lobster’s day, Paola Navone, Josep Mestres, Undergrowth design, Beatriz Furest, Michael Banks, Az&Mut, Delightfull.

  • objects carme pinós

    #07 Objects by Carme Piños

    Unique products manufactured in house, displaying a clear design coherence. Intelligently designed furniture and fittings that allow for customised spaces, made with quality materials like steel and solid timber.

  • l'appartement

    #08 L’appartement

    A range of products which share the following criteria; innovation, style and reasonable prices. Items which stand out are the decorative vinyl adhesives of Myvinilo; chairs, armchairs and classic lamps of the 20th Century; highly original objects, ‘made in Barcelona’ gift ideas. 

  • multiplastic

    #09 Multiplastic Shop

    A range of design products including brands: Habitare, XO Design, Joseph & Joseph, Essey, Royal UKB, Menu, Lekue, Alessi, Guzzini, Cosmic, Like It.

  • multiplastic

    #10 Witlab

    Panoramic photography and detailed views of Barcelona, original designer products like the giant cans, fictitious Barcelona street names that can be personalised, photographic compositions, toys, USB pen drives.