AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Wit­ness the trans­for­ma­tion of this old, small flat in Barcelona into a chic and trendy space for a fash­ion­able Ital­ian woman.

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The trans­for­ma­tion of an old, small flat in Barcelona into a chic and trendy space.

Colours and curves dom­i­nate this vi­brant apartment in Barcelona, which be­longs to Francesca, a young and stylish Ital­ian pro­fes­sional in the fash­ion in­dus­try. After tear­ing down all non-struc­tural walls, the de­sign­ers from Colombo and Ser­boli Ar­chi­tec­ture (Casa) worked on the apartment’s vis­ual an­chor – the el­e­ment that in­forms the rest of the 699 sq ft space.

This takes the form of a vo­lu­mi­nous bespoke stor­age unit in the foyer. Clad in deep­blue

and light pink fin­ishes, this floor-to-ceil­ing unit cre­ates a grand door­way. The blue vis­ually con­denses the area, while the tall pink pan­els al­low a tran­si­tion be­fore one steps into the larger and brighter open­plan liv­ing area. It also con­ceals a walk-in wardrobe (home to Francesca’s large col­lec­tion of cloth­ing and sports equip­ment) and an en­trance to the mas­ter bed­room.

In the same vein is a coral, arc-shaped vol­ume in the kitchen. While its eye-catch­ing hue and large size catch the eye,

this “con­tainer” also con­ceals. Swing open the coral door to re­veal a pink-on-pink pow­der room, which fea­tures sub­way tiles and a pink ter­razzo-like quartz sur­face.

“We opted for an arc shape, and at a height that al­most touches the wooden-beam ceil­ings, to high­light the 4mhigh vaulted ceil­ings of this 13th-century build­ing. These (new fea­tures) en­hance the great pro­por­tions of an­cient spaces, and trans­form the old property into a vi­brant flat,” say the de­sign­ers from Casa.

A pal­ette of light pinks and greys, com­bined with a curvi­lin­ear mo­tif – seen on the liv­ing room cor­nice, curved­edged kitchen is­land, and ac­cent pieces like the Roll Club Chair by Ket­tal and fold sconce lamps by Casa – cre­ates a light and rest­ful am­bi­ence.

“THE ARC-SHAPED DOOR­WAY HIGHLIGHTS THE 4M-HIGH CEIL­ING OF THIS 13TH-CENTURY BUILD­ING.” – COLOMBO AND SER­BOLI AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

OPPOSITE Orig­i­nal el­e­ments of the apartment were re­stored, such as the large bal­cony win­dows, de­tailed shut­ters, as well as the wood­en­beam ceil­ing.

ABOVE, LEFT A pink ter­raz­zo­like quartz sur­face, warm grey cab­i­netry, and vin­tage con­cave brass han­dles make up this chic kitchen.

ABOVE Time­less de­signs with soft sil­hou­ettes were cho­sen, like the Mags sofa by Hay, side ta­bles by Ket­tal, and Yp­perlig chairs by Hay for Ikea.

LEFT The dark blue cab­i­nets are de­signed to be sym­met­ri­cal and mir­ror the bal­cony win­dows.

RIGHT The rounded penin­sula hosts a sink and dish­washer. It also serves as an­other din­ing area for the home­owner and her guests. The mas­ter bed­room is ac­cessed through a door that matches, in colour and size, the wardrobe door in the foyer.

BELOW The de­sign­ers sourced the pink ce­ramic tiles from Ceram­ica Ribesalbes and san­i­tary fit­tings from Roca.

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