Since its origins in the 1970’s, BD Barcelona Design has been collaborating with well-known artist and designers, creating products that have more proximity to art than industrial design. In the 1980’s, BD surprised by editing Gaudí’s furniture for his famous buildings and in the early 1990’s, BD introduced an exclusive first collection of furniture and lamps designed by Dalí.
More recently, designers with an accentuated artistic profile such as Jaime Hayon, Campana Brothers, Färg & Blanche and Joel Escalona continue to point the way where design and art meet together.
Side table series by Ramón Úbeda and Otto Canalda
Ramón Úbeda and Otto Canalda have created a new minimalist side table series. They are made using only the best quality glass having no visible joinings.
The metallic sharp appearance evoke an optical illusion, a perfect future not belonging to the past. There are two produced sizes and three different heights. They can be used as a set or individually.
New ceramic collection by Jaime Hayon
Little decorative items have been part of BD’s catalogue since Ettore Sottsass drafted the Shiva vase back in 1973. At this year’s Salon del Mobile, Jaime Hayon presents new ceramic collection. Their purpose is a decorative one, but the objects carry an emotional and artistic value. Happy Susto vases are made in a couple of sizes, colours and finishes.
The new version of the Aquário cabinet by the Campana Brothers
BD Barcelona presented the first piece of furniture for a Spanish company, authored by Fernando and Humberto Campana at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. It’s a design inspired in an aquarium carrying their special artistical accent.
The Brazilian designers like to integrate artisanal processes into industrial production to create hybrids using different materials. Wood and glass in this case. A second version – Aquario II – carries the same format as the first, but is developed with more restraint and distinct functionality. Its half display and half cabinet. Available in two finishings and colours, natural ash wood with green glass or stained grey pine wood with blue glass.
Couture cabinet by Färg & Blanche
Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche are a young couple of designers (with Swedish and French origins respectively) who add personality, technique and innovation. They have been developing a technique for various years in their studio based in Stockholm, baptizing and registering it as Wood Tailoring TM, which includes the use of sewing machines directly over hard materials like wood, to join different parts. This way the pieces have their own aesthetic value and offer surprising and suggestive results such as the Couture armchair, initially presented by BD at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Using the same technique, which needs great artisanal ability, Färg & Blanche have now designed a very functional cabinet with simple decorative patterns. Available in natural wood or stained black and sewn with different coloured threads.
Dalia cabinet by Joel Escalona
Latin-American designer Joel Escalona designs everything from taps and frying pans to extravagant furniture proposals. Representing his roots, Escalona designed Dalia cabinet. It’s a functional ornament and the very same author defines it this way: “Its design not only transmits elegance and complexity, but allows you to appreciate the contents inside, placed objects whose voices permeate – telling their story.”
Showtime nude, the natural evolution of the first chair designed by Jaime Hayon
In 2006 BD presented the Showtime Collection by Jaime Hayon and a year later, a chair carrying the same name characterised by its wide range of combinations and finishes. For the designer born in Madrid, this was his first chair to be produced and commercialised by a company all over the world. At that time Hayon was an emerging designer and today is internationally renowned. The designer partnered again with BD to launch a new version. The chair’s name is Showtime nude with wooden legs, and is presented with a nearly nude appearance. The shapes are slightly different but visibly more organic, developed and matured, much the same as the designer’s works during the years. The new chair is presented in different finishings – natural or stained wood and a simple cushion as its sole accessory.