The apartment is aptly named Botanic as it takes its design inspiration from nature
Noé Prades Studio studio located in Barcelona, Spain, recently refurbished an apartment in an iconic building known as La finca dels Cargols. Built in 1895-1896, the building has a façade which showcases intricately designed animal and plant motifs. The lead designer of this project, Noé Prades along with interior designer Sonia Gross extended the nature theme to the interiors of the apartment as well. The space, aptly named Botanic, has the ambiance of a nature conservatory and its design aesthetic is inspired from the building it is located in.
Barcelona Apartment: One with Nature
The interior designers created dramatic nature-themed interiors through the interplay of textures, fabrics, wallpapers and colours. Foliage-style prints, shades of green on the walls, pillow covers and artwork take cognisance. Actual plants are also part of the design narrative.
Barcelona Apartment: Stand-Out Aesthetics
“The design is eclectic. We merged Nordic and contemporary pieces of furniture with classic and more rudimentary elements. To achieve this, we designed custom furniture such as the black bookshelf in the living room. The bookshelf features a geometric pattern and was created using natural oak and black iron. It adds an eclectic yet warm look to the space,” says Prades.
Barcelona Apartment: Asian and Spanish Influences
The interior designers like to showcase their Spanish roots in their design and also like to add elements from other cultures. Take this home for instance. Asian influences in the form of the wooden furniture, and tropical prints and colours can be seen throughout. The Spanish inspiration on the other hand comes through the rustic interior elements such as the Catalan vault (typical material of Spanish architecture) seen on the kitchen ceiling.
Barcelona Apartment: Spaces that Tell a Story
When designing an apartment, the interior designers always prefer to start with the bathrooms. In this case, the bathrooms tell a story of nature emerging from the darkness—the idea twas to show that nature always wins. They executed this by using black tiles and wallpaper featuring a vibrant floral print. The wallpaper was strategically placed opposite the mirrors so that glimpses of nature can be seen in them. River stone sinks add more charm to this theme.
Barcelona Apartment: A Harmonious Haven
The living room features geometric shelves and tables in oakwood. Even the flooring, the kitchen and the wardrobes have all been custom-built using natural American oak. The living room features eclectic lamps, a wicker armchair and Nordic style stools. Oakwood and similar natural materials throughout the apartment unifies the design, making it a harmonious space for its dwellers.
Madrid: Each area of this home responds to one of the three senses—sight, sound, touch