Il.lacions design gallery
Design meets art meets craft in Barcelona
The perennial argument regarding design as art or craft or industrial artefact is explored at Il.lacions, a design gallery accommodated within a typical early 20th Century Eixample apartment in Barcelona city centre. All the selected pieces have a definite function but equally they are extraordinary works or craft and art. Materials are pushed to their limits, new and unexpected uses for day-to-day objects are explored while other pieces are inspired by art, craft and even architecture.
Il.lacions has had a number of iterations as a design gallery since first opening in the Gothic quarter back in 2011. Now in its latest home the space provides is the ideal backdrop to contemplate the pieces. Given that the criteria for selection of the works is broad and inclusive, that the works should possess Barcelona DNA, the domestic setting makes sense. The quirky layout in beautifully resolved with each space retaining its original character but a new layer of purpose overlaid.
One of the new additions is the “Gabinete Il • lacions”, a permanent Wunderkammer where objects and pieces, mostly one-offs, with a marked Barcelona DNA will be displayed. All of them from different creative studios that collaborate with the gallery.
There are seven separate exhibition spaces included within the 250 sq.m. apartment. Even the entrance hall in the middle of the plan (dividing what would have been the public and private areas) is used for displaying works. Each space retains references to its original bourgeois era with layers from subsequent periods. Even the main bathroom and kitchen are used as exhibition spaces. There are original fitted cabinetry shelving, wood panelling and beautiful parquet flooring in the main space, all restored and repurposed.
Among the gallery’s 7 spaces the Gran Sala stands out, where the exhibition "Mimesis" by Jordi Ribaudí, an industrial designer from Igualada, is exhibited, who has created a collection of furniture-sculpture based on the disorientation of man in front of the natural environment and the moral with which it tries to confront the devastation of the planet.
Il.lacions can boast an impressive roster of designers, many of whom come from other design related areas as well as industrial designers. There are regularly changing exhibitions and talks, owner Xavi Franquesa and gallery manager Claudia Rieradevall have a contagious enthusiasm for explaining the works which can only really be appreciated with a visit.
Prior appointent online is required before visiting.
- C/ Rosselló 231,
- 08008 Barcelona