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The Bipolar Home (Eixample)

Project:

The Bipolar House

Author:

Egue y Seta. With direct involvement of: Daniel Pérez, Felipe Araujo, Szymon Keller, Covadonga Díaz, Gaia Trotta, Álvaro Sánchez and Sarah Salas.

Promoter:

Private

Area:

175m2

Situation:

Barcelona

Realization:

2018

Photography:

VICUGO FOTO www.vicugo.com

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Description

If we were to believe that homes “have character”, this one would be bi-polar or have some sort of multiple personality disorder. Let´s, anyhow, leave the owners off the hook for we can assure this Dutch young couple is perfectly sane. They just didn´t mind getting their hand dirty in order to see how their very versatile tastes could be recreated in every corner of their new Barcelona home. They are quite a romantic (though also professional) tandem. One that rather have fun, play and imagine different ambiances for each and every room of their new flat, instead of safe-beating on a neutral and minimal refuge that while being reverenced by architects and interior design magazines all over, would on the other hand, bore them to death over the next twenty years.

Though not on their birth certificates, these two are true millennials at heart, and this may very well explain why they had such little trouble giving (us) designers all creative freedom to re-mix and combine the most contradictory of styles, here and there, where the original architecture and the final purpose of each room allowed for such. This is the only way one can come to understand such an eclectic home. One that sets over its original recovered hydraulic mosaic tiles, rooms, on the other hand, of a decidedly contemporary style; a home that accommodates beneath its traditional Catalan vaulted ceilings trendy pieces of rabid modernity; a flat that challenges the typical Eixample´s home lay out in order to include rooms and devoted areas that have a lot more to do with current habits and lifestyles.


Here, noble and exterior rooms graced by those two lovely balconies looking over the pedestrian bit of Compte Borrell do not host the master bedroom, the living room, the dining room nor even a fantastic kitchen. Here, these privileged spot and views were ceded over to a symmetric double space, devoted to work and reading, that ended up taking the shape of a black and white halved classic style library.

On the other hand, at the very center of the housing unit, though not for this reason, its darker bit, one can find the master´s suite. A stunning bedroom flanked by two generous interior light patios you can access through side crystal doors you can open just as you get out of bed. A bed that shamelessly looks over the entrance hall through an indoor greenhouse, while resting its headboard against a theatrical deep-dark wall over which any lighting scheme or any decoration will stand out. A scenographic bedroom that leads onto a double walk-in closet and a double bathroom, that combine all-white tiling with dark grouting and black joinery along with the reflection of great crystal and mirror panes for a spacious high contrast effect.

On the opposite end of the house, there, where the bedrooms or the more private half of the home would have been customary, looking over a superb terrace gained over the inner-block patio through gorgeous modernist stained-glass windows, one can find, instead, an outgoing kitchen fully integrated to an open plan living-dining room.
Here, trends and styles overlap themselves with the same ease that preconceived privacy notions related to exteriority or closeness to access have been challenged all throughout the house. And this is how velvets and leathers, here, seem to contribute to a sophisticated though improbable harmony achieved in conjunction with the ethnic patterns on the hand-woven rugs and the recovered hydraulic tiles. But the texture mix does not end just here. Finishes and the very own material quality of all furniture pieces reconcile opposites with similar boldness, managing to amalgamate in an ensemble of surprising balance, natural varnished wood grains with golden glares, white lacquered surfaces, wrought iron, and the inevitable evergreen leitmotiv that pint-points and splashes over, here and there, all throughout the place.


Guest´s and courtesy toilets deserve, however, a paragraph of their own. Besides their sanitary function, these two stand out more for their evident entertainment calling. A guest´s bathroom that hides a semi-circular bathtub behind a palm hedgerow and a sensuous venetian blind that allows for natural light and silhouette guessing from the exterior. On the other end, a Rock n´Roll courtesy toilet shamelessly winks an eye to kitsch aesthetics, daring to overlap beveled black tiles over a tropical green palm patterned wallpaper; to put a retro-design toilet right in front of a Rolling Stone logo inspired urinal; and to have reflected, upon a dressing-room mirror, antique photographs found in the place by its new owners.

Soon after moving in their new house, these owners, were blessed with the arrival of a new little tenant. For her, they had prepared a gorgeous baby bedroom that regardless the irrefutable youth of its occupant was to include the pieces of furniture of the most antique inspiration. For this bedroom vintage wardrobes and chests of drawers were renovated to be then paired up with a wonderful oval Scandinavian style baby crib and a bamboo armchair. All these, under the fresh shade of lush kentia and over the eternal nobility of mosaic tiles that have witnessed the bringing up of so many generations.
All tied up by the transverse use of expansive but warm off-white tones and light woods, hinted by, here and there, the ethnic color of fabrics, cushion and rugs this cosmopolitan couple know so well thanks to their profession.

¿Will this little baby girl grow up to be as creative, bold and fun as her parents? We bet you she will! At Egue y Seta, anyhow, we´re thrilled to have helped her parents in the task of creating a home that will hopefully foster and inspire all of her future dreams.


Finishings and furniture:

Master Bedroom:

Horizontal surface:
Recovered hydraulic floor.
Vertical surfaces:
Black and White plastic paint.

Bed, Hastens.
https://www.hastens.com/en/beds


Cushions, blanket, carpet and side table, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Animal print cushion, hábitat.
https://www.habitat.net/

Plaid and moroccan black carpet, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Black appliance, Lámpara y Luz.
https://www.lamparayluz.es

Pendant lamp, Feder model, Lámpara y Luz.
https://www.lamparayluz.es/lampara-colgante-art-deco-blanca-y-cromo-con-hojas-100cm-feder

Dresser and mirror, made to measure.

Lilac puf, Vivonita.
https://vivonita.com

Philip Seymour Hoffman illustration, by Mariana Riestra.
@out_ofthe_office https://www.behance.net/marianariestracrespo

Pink fake leather vintage chair, Maison du Monde.
https://www.maisonsdumonde.com/ES/es

Desk lamp, Drip/Drop model, Bover.
https://www.bover.es/en/collection/drip-drop/


Small patio:

Horizontal surface:
Blue plastic paint
Vertical surfaces:
Gray paint for exteriors

Hanging chair, Living and Co.
https://www.livingandcompany.com/en/furniture/hanging-chairs/


Cushions and vases, Zara Home
https://www.zarahome.com

Black plaid, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Exterior wreath.

Black wall appliance, Leroy Merlin.

Master Bathroom:

Horizontal surface:
White ceramic 60x60, Catalonia Cerámica.
https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm

Vertical surface:
White hexagonal ceramics, Catalonia Cerámica. https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm
Pintura plástica blanca.

Mirror and shower screen, made to measure.

Toilet, Roca.
https://www.roca.es

Countertop bathroom sink, TheBathCollection.
http://www.thebathcollection.com/producto/lavabos/porcelana/oval/toulouse.html

Sink tap, Roca.

Shower tap, 2 ud, Grohe Euphoria XXL. https://www.grohe.es/es_es/euphoria-system-210-sistema-de-ducha-con-termostato-incorporado-27964000.html

Lamp, Take Away model, Faro.
https://faro.es/en/productos/take-away-led-lampara-portatil-blanca/


Jute rug, basket and vases, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com


Bathroom 3:

Horizontal surfaces:
White ceramic 60x60, Catalonia Cerámica.
https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm

Vertical surface:
White ceramic 10x10, Catalonia Cerámica.
https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm
Black microcement, Futurcret.
http://www.futurcret.com/

Furniture sink and mirror, custom made.

Vases, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Toilet, Roca.
https://www.roca.es/

Taps, Manomano.

120 x 120 angular bathtub, materiales de fábrica.
https://materialesdefabrica.com


Jute rug, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Hanging lamp, Masons model, Lámpara y Luz.
https://www.lamparayluz.es/lampara-colgante-masons-amarillo-pastel


Lobby:

Green armchair, Milton model, Vivonita.
https://vivonita.com/index.php?id_product=3526&controller=product


Cushions, vases and blanket, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com


Hanging lamp, Spider style, Lampentotaal.
https://www.lampentotaal.nl/

Leather carpet, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Library - Lounge:

Horizontal surfaces:
Recovered hydraulic floor.

Vertical surface:
Plastic Green paint.
Molduras, NMC
https://nmc-decoracion.es/

Green carpet, Patchwork type, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Side table, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Portobello pink armchair, Vivonita.
https://vivonita.com/

Black plaid, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Cushions and coffee table, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Cushions on carpet, Maurizio Capannesi.
https://www.mauriziocapannesi.com/works/soft-tiles/

Flooring lamp, Drip/Drop model, Bover.
https://www.bover.es/en/collection/drip-drop/

Hanging lamp, Lucide Hanglamp model, Lampentotaal.
https://www.lampentotaal.nl/

Library made to measure.

Studio:

Horizontal surfaces:
Recovered hydraulic floor.
Original molding ceiling recovered.

Vertical surface:
White plastic paint.
Molduras, NMC
https://nmc-decoracion.es/
Recovered wallpaper.

Lilac puf, Vivonita.
https://vivonita.com

Cushions, Habitat.
https://www.habitat.net/

White closet made to measure.

Ceiling lamp, light in the box.
https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/modern-dimmable-modo-chandelier-10-lights-semi-flush-mounted-black-paiting-amber-glass-for-living-room-loft-light_p5131750.html

Desk lamp, Nón Lá model, Bover.
https://www.bover.es/en/lamp/non-la-t/

Bill Murray ilustration, by Mariana Riestra.
@out_ofthe_office

Bedroom 2 (child):

Horizontal surfaces:
Recovered hydraulic floor, Patchwork type.
Recovered Catalan ceiling vault.

Vertical surface:
White plastic paint.
Vintage wooden cradle, drawers and closet, second hand.

Chair and cushions, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

White carpet, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

White ceiling lamp.
https://www.lamparayluz.es

TV Hall:

Horizontal surfaces:
Recovered hydraulic floor.
Recovered Catalan ceiling vault.

Vertical surface:
White plastic paint.
Wallpaper, papeles Aribau.
http://www.papelespintadosaribau.com/
Coffee table, vases and cushions, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

White carpet, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Original photos on double doors.

Toilet:

Horizontal surface:
Porcelain imitation of black marble, Catalonia Cerámica.
https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm

Vertical surfaces:
Black metro tile, Catalonia Cerámica.
https://www.cataloniaceramica.es/ca/index.htm
Wallpaper botanic style, papeles Aribau.
http://www.papelespintadosaribau.com/

Mirror, made to measure.
Countertop bathroom sink, BALI 42 cm model.

Wall taps, Topaz model, Roca.

Vintage toilet, Roca.

Boca style urinary, Bathroom Mania.


Livingroom – Kitchen:

Horizontal surfaces:
Recovered hydraulic floor.
Recovered Catalan ceiling vault.

Vertical surfaces:
White plastic paint.
Cristal Dashboard, white shine lacobel type.

Kitchen, Kvik.
https://www.kvik.es/

Custom made table, imported from Indonesia by costumers.

Kitchen hood, See You model, Elica.
http://elica.com/ES-en/products/hoods/see-you

Kitchen appliances, NEFF y SIEMENS

Tap/Boiler, QUOOKER FLEX PRO3. http://www.quooker.co.uk/enuk/energy-and-technical-details

Black lamps in the livingroom, Nova model, Maison du monde.
https://www.maisonsdumonde.com/ES/es/p/lampara-de-techo-de-metal-negro-d-43-cm-nova-165294.htm

Ceiling lamp in the livingroom
https://www.maisonsdumonde.com/ES/es/p/lampara-de-techo-de-metal-negro-d-48-cm-phaona-159320.htm

Black metalic Wall appliances, Maison du monde. https://www.maisonsdumonde.com/ES/es/p/aplique-de-metal-negro-al-29-cm-becquerel-154675.htm

Black chairs, 214 Thonet model, DomesticoShop.
https://www.domesticoshop.com/silla-214.html

Black stools, Rocket model, Artek brand, DomesticoShop.
https://www.domesticoshop.com/taburete-rocket.html

Cushions, vases y side tables, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Floor lamp, Dorking model, Sergi Ventura.
https://www.sergiventura.com/

Hallway lamps.
https://www.lamparayluz.es

Carpet and White blanket, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Blue velvet sofa, Alabarce Decoració. http://www.alabarceonline.com/

Terrace:

Exterior lamps. Amphora, Bover.
https://www.bover.es/en/category/outdoor/amphora

Cushions on carpet, Maurizio Capannesi.
https://www.mauriziocapannesi.com/works/soft-tiles/

Green carpet patchwork type, Sukhi.
http://www.sukhi.es/

Basket and vases, Zara Home.
https://www.zarahome.com

Plugs and switches:
Simon Detail 82
https://www.simonelectric.com/intl/mechanism-switch-sockets/flush-mounted/simon-82-detail



"We bought a 100 year old apartment in the Eixample area in Barcelona, which hadn´t been refurbished since the 1960´s. We couldn´t be more satisfied with the work…"

Sukhi Founder