Situated in an old printing factory in Barcelona’s city centre, this apartment consists of two large volumes measuring a whopping 800sqm in total. Wow, that’s a lot of space. I love that the designers, Barcelona based studio MINIM, have left the original fabric of the building largely untouched. Although, I must admit, I am not a fan of how they’ve furnished the place. In fact, I rather dislike it. Actually, let’s cut to the chase – I friggin’ hate it. Strong word, I know. Why? Because there are so many different styles and types of furniture to be seen here.

Don’t get me wrong – I am a real supporter of the eclectic mish mash approach to furnishing. But this to me is more schizophrenic than eclectic – way too many unrelated styles with no common thread, particularly given that the fabric of the space is already quite rich and varied. This is why I had to exclude a few images which didn’t meet the ‘yellowtrace standard’ (you can see them all here). Not to mention that quite a few images are cropped for this post, so that we can focus our attention on the beauty of the space itself, rather than be distracted by the furniture.

What do you guys think? Am I being too hardcore? Probably.


[Discovered thanks to Spaceinvading. Images via MINIM. Photography by Núria Vila.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

5 Responses

  1. SW

    The furniture choice is rather mediocre…. maybe they are the clients existing pieces?

  2. Aether-art

    No, you’re not too hardcore! Just had a look at the original shots – I agree! Yucky! Looks like each item was bought at the same time at some hipster mega-store. Your cropping is a godsend.

  3. linda from OEKE

    You know, I was scrolling down the images trying to pick out bits I could like in this space. I did like the front doors and the exposed brick, the dressing room and the the height of the ceilings. But when I got to your words I thought ‘phew’. Yipee that you didn’t like either.

    I also wondered how many jackets it would take me to keep warm (but that’s just me being a nut).


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