Cadaval and Solà-Morales built this concrete home on the hills of Cabrils, Barcelona, last year. Making use of as much unoccupied land as possible, the architects structured the building with an X-shape to maximize the expanse and angle variety of the views below while simultaneously isolating the home for privacy from neighbors. Upon entering the house from the rear of the top floor, occupants can enjoy floor-to-ceiling window views of the outside as well as their sub-level private pool. Browse the gallery.
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Prada is on a roll retail-wise, opening yet another standalone store following their shops in Kobe, Japan and Doha, Qatar. This time, the store is in Barcelona, Spain’s leading commercial city in art and fashion, and boasts the status of being one of Prada’s largest flagships in Europe. Like the other Prada stores, this one comes dressed in black and white check marble floors and green velvet walls, characteristic of the brand’s eccentricity. A special addition to the usual Prada retail service is the Made to Measure Project, for which the store has a dedicated room, specially lined with leather walls. Browse the gallery for the look inside.
Look Inside the New Prada Store in Barcelona is a post by Elaine YJ Lee on Selectism.
The Bola Service Table, also known as You & Me, is an ingeniously designed regulation size table tennis table (30″ x 108″ x 60″) that converts into a large dining table, desk, or conference table. Designed by Antoni Pallejà Office for RS Barcelona, this multi-purpose table is crafted to perfection with a sleek and versatile design. The table features a storage unit with enough space for the removable net and paddles for when things need to get serious. Available in black or white, the Bola Service Table will be available exclusively at Design Within Reach beginning October 2013.
The Red Hook Crit brought over its famous fixed gear criterium race to the Spanish city of Barcelona for the first time last month. As with their other events in Brooklyn and Milan, the top racers from around the world came to compete for the coveted champion title. For spectators, the race was a non-stop action as usual, displaying some super fast sprints by the top riders, as well as some unfortunate spills and crashes. A much-deserved win goes to Stefan ‘Fish’ Vis, who took out the first position, followed by Evan Murphy and Rainier Schaefer. Check out the video below to enjoy a quick recap of the event.
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From humble beginnings as an unsanctioned street race in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, the Red Hook Crit series is taking the world by a storm. Additional to the original Brooklyn race, they have added Milan to their events calendar for couple of years, and now Barcelona will get its own criterium race this year. In a similar format as the other races, expect to see some high speed cycling from professional cyclists, amateur cyclists, messengers, and everyone else in between. If you want to see the fastest legs on a fixed gear bike, head over to Barcelona this weekend to witness the spectacle. For more information on the event, jump onto their website.
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Even though Neymar probably hasn’t even begun to unpack his bags, FC Barcelona‘s latest signing has already joined the team for training sessions. Good thing Nike Soccer has stepped up to provide him with a new Kit for his appearance at the club’s iconic Camp Nou. Despite the rumors and hype, things between the young striker and the superstar Lionel Messi have so far been smooth, much to the enjoyment of Barca fans and the chagrin of haters. To help continue to ease his transition, Nike has outfitted Neymar with some of the most innovative soccer gear the brand has ever produced, including his signature Hypervenom Phantom cleats which are made to strike the new Nike Intyce soccer ball. In addition to his threads, Nike Soccer is also providing Neymar with a custom leather boot bag donning his skull-and-crossbones emblem. Although he’s not in the starting line-up, you can be sure that manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino will have the youngster breaking in his gear tonight in their match against Santos. Finish the preview of the new Barca #11 after the jump.
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Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Dabs and Myla are a married couple and graffiti artist tandem who now make their home in Los Angeles. Over the years the dynamic duo have developed their own personal style, highlighted by their use of bright colors and bold clean lines. The partners were in Barcelona recently, making the most of their time by joining up with local artists Vino and Aryz for a day of painting. Directed by Edgar Lledo for Montana Colors, the following short film documents that particular day, revealing a massive mural that blends the distinctive styles of each individual artist. Check out the video below.
In sync with one another, the Bonnie and Clyde of the graffiti world Dabs & Myla have teamed up with local writers Vino and Aryz in Barcelona for a day of painting under the sun. Directed and edited by Edgar Lledo for Montana Colors, the short shows the four respected artist exhibit their monikers in large, chromatic formation, adding an extra slice of creativity to the festive city. Blending each artist’s bold styles and engaging illustrations onto one wall paneling, this collaboration bridges the Australian’s finest graffiti duo with Spain’s most reputable muralist and train painter. Enjoy the clip above and share your thoughts below.
Coming off from yesterdays post of the Air Max 1 EM “Fashion Killa”, CDK keeps on killing it with his artistic designs. The Lebron X “Barcelona” was inspired by the 2012-2013 FC Barcelona away kits. Thank god I am not the only one who still watches football (Hala Madrid! Stand Up!). Getting past my sudden outburst, CDK repainted practically most of the sneaker and swapped out the laces to create a flow that goes very nicely with the blue swoosh and mid-sole. The “sunset” fade color-ways have been very popular this spring and summer season but, by no surprise, CDK comes back quickly to hit the sneaker community with another dope custom.
CDK was able to provide some quick feedback regarding to the questions used in the previous article; on his Air Max 1 EM “Fashion Killa” custom.
Russ: What made you decide to make custom Air Max 1′s? CDK: The 2012/13 FC Barcelona away kit was one of the more impressive kits in Barcelona history. Nike took the traditional bright colors of the away kit, and installed a nice fade from orange to yellow. I saw the LeBron X as an excellent base for a a gradient. The fact that the shoe was a high-top also helped.
Russ: What base was used to create the “Fashion Killa”? CDK: On the LeBron X I used an airbrush for the upper of the sneaker and a paintbrush for the swooshes and midsole. I also swapped the laces on these.
Russ: The custom game is getting intense, what are you trying to accomplish? CDK: My main goal in the custom game is to be different. I find inspiration from a lot of other customizers in the game, but I am always looking to define my own path. It does get difficult at times, however, because I always let the customer decide, and often they see a custom that someone else did and want it to be recreated. In times like that, I work with the customer to use their idea as the inspiration but make the custom our own.
I also don’t create size runs of customs, instead I customize sneakers per request.
Russ: How do you think customs will be toward comparing them to actual sneakers? CDK: I think that custom sneakers have definitely changed the game of buying sneakers. I see it as a trend of consumerism today; people aren’t looking for the big retailers anymore, they are looking for the small business that they can get to know and will received personalized service.
As far as customs becoming bigger than sneakers, I don’t think that will ever happen. A lot of the time, the customization can be nothing without a strong base shoe. For instance, the Sunset custom would have easily been looked over if it was on a Nike Free as opposed to the Rosherun or the Foamposite that I did it on.
Also, the sneaker game is bigger today than it has ever been. I know that I’m not the only one that gets slightly upset when I see someone with the same sneakers on as me. People want their own look, and with sneakerheads, that starts at their feet. Not everyone has that “Nike Air” back tab or the Pigeon Dunk in their collection, but anyone can have a 1 of 1 custom.
Russ: What influences you to be a sneaker artist? CDK: My inspiration to be a sneaker artist is building for the future. I’ve loved sneakers for as long as I can remember, and I really got into the sneaker game in 2011. In December of 2011, I wanted a Christmas present for my girlfriend, and I tried my hand at customs. I took the Air Jordan III Black Flip and made them a South Beach custom. Looking back, I don’t really like the design, but it is nice to see how far I have come. After those Flips, I started getting interest from friends and the friends of friends and now random strangers.
One of my important factors of customizing is not doing it for the money. Sure, the money comes with the customization, but I’m not charging 0-500 to do it. Although I may value my craft higher in the future, I don’t see the point in upcharging my work. I paint sneakers because it’s what I love to do and it keeps my artistic imagination stimulated and growing.
Aside from sneaker customization, I am also a full-time student, majoring in Graphic Design. My dream job is to design sneakers and/or cleats for Nike. I also work at a Nike store, part-time. On top of both of those, I also am interning at a design firm in Minneapolis, called Merge Creative Department. Coming in the next month or so, I will also be selling a clothing line.
Always looking forward to seeing work done by CDKsneakers; definitely checking out the soon-to-be clothing line. This should show to sleep on your own time and don’t stop working or, in the end, “it” just won’t work.
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Barcelona is a multi-faceted city famous for a multitude of reasons such as football (FC Barcelona), architecture (Gaudi), art (Picasso), food (tapas and pata negra) and skateboarding. But it’s the latter and the city’s openness to it, with skate spots such as MACBA’s famous stairs and ledge drops or the stone benches of Plaça Universitat that made Barcelona an ideal place for Converse to launch their new CONS SPACE.
CONS SPACE 001 BCN is the first installment in a new initiative that unleashes urban creativity by uniting the worlds of skate, music, art and style. From local artists (Txemi, Adrián Blanca, Fernando Elvira and Rubén Sánchez) to international musicians (Crocodiles, The Bots, Black Lips and Spank Rock) and Converse’s own skate ambassadors, Kenny Anderson (US), Pontus Alv (Sweden) and Javier Mendizábal (Spain) created a new and unique experience for fans to be a part of and enjoy. The artists and skaters, together with a team of talented and dedicated builders, worked to help reinvigorate a dilapidated section of industrial docklands at the base of Montjuïc into a bespoke and multi-purpose creative playground.
Pro-skaters Kenny Anderson and Pontus Alv provided creative input and ideas to create a skateable environment that was both challenging and enjoyable for those who came to skate. “We basically used existing materials such as flatbeds, containers, leftover stuff, and made a skateable space,” said Anderson. “Pontus sent in his drawings and they were so amazing with the flatbed, so I made the large Star Chevron.” For Pontus, who has a long history with D.I.Y. and building randomly in dead spaces, this event was something he could easily relate to. “I did some drawings and ideas of obstacles showing how things could be done. I designed the wave ramp and the trailers on the flatbed,” said Alv.
Although the combination of skate, music and art isn’t something new, this event is one of the most original I’ve seen. And the authentic correlation between all three according to Anderson is at the core of skateboarding. “Skateboarding brings it all together,” says Anderson. “Between art, music and skate there’s a trifecta of friends and skating is the connection between all of it. It’s the culture of it…”
Both Anderson and Alv have witnessed Barcelona’s meteoric rise as one of the top skateboarding destinations in the world. For Anderson, who’s been coming out here for the last 10 years, he still finds the place amazing. “My favorite things to skate here are the manual pads on Parallel. I mean, I have manual pads right around the corner from my house, but when you’re in Barcelona, it just feels special.” For Alv, he sees Barcelona as a bit overexposed due its unwavering popularity in the skate world, but still states that, “Barcelona is an amazing city on all levels.”
With CONS SPACE 001 BCN, it not only “exposes people to a whole different side of Barcelona that creates an awesome memory,” states Anderson; it’s also touches on Alv’s notion of taking the idea of something that’s been exhausted and creating, according to Alv, “something that’s totally new. Not what you’d expect in Barcelona.” And this space provides something that this city and skate has needed. “Doing something here in Barcelona, especially at the docks, it’s so good for skateboarding. People are so used to coming here and some locals who came out here have never seen this side of Barcelona, and it’s using a rundown space and creating something new,” says Anderson.
As for the development of future CONS SPACES, Anderson and Alv are both up to the challenge; not only taking the learnings from Barcelona and helping them grow, but are also looking forward to participating. As Alv says, “It’s the first round and it will only get better from here.”