Urban Glamour #18

A former office space has been transformed into a light-filled apartment that pops with cool colours and design classics.


A first-floor apartment in a five-storey 1920 building in Barcelona, comprising a kitchen, dining area, living area, WC, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and dressing room. There are also two internal courtyards and a terrace.

Get the look: The artwork is See, What You See (Composition in a Garden) by Ola Kolehmainen. This is the Ponti Red rug by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The purple chair is a Fifties design from the Czech Republic restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The Sixties Diablo floor lamp is by Maison Arlus.


The apartment has been designed as an open, seamless space with a dual aspect. The pinks and purples of the vibrant art piece above the sofa are repeated in a plush rug and vintage chair.

In a room of strong contrasts, bold colours pop against a white background, while organic marble and branches counterpoint the slick surfaces. 

Get the look: The Sixties Austrian fibreglass easy chair was restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio.

The fireplace was found in an antiques shop in Provence. It’s fitted with an ethanol fire, which means it doesn’t need a chimney.

Get the look: The chairs were designed by Louis Baillon in 1955. These are vintage Venetian glass vases. The artwork is Another End by Noh Sang-Kyoon.

At one end of the living room, floor-to-ceiling shelving creates a library area, part of which is used to display more artwork.

Get the look: The ceramic vessel on the table is a vintage Seventies design. The sculpture on the plinth is by Fernando Casasempere. These are Brno chairs by Mies van der Rohe. The Segmented table is by Charles and Ray Eames, reinterpreted by Jaime Beriestain Studio. This is a Fifties Italian black cabinet. The Hiroshima – Tokyo photograph above the cabinet is by Georges Rousse.


A sliding wall separates the kitchen from the dining area, creating an intimate space for eating and entertaining once the cooking is done.

Airy limestone floors and white walls are pulled down to earth by the black, ribbon-like strips of varnished door frames and windows that help to define the space.

Get the look: The vintage stools were found in Provence and restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The ‘artwork’ on the plinth is a piece of boat rudder. This is the Pipistrello lamp by Gae Aulenti. The white kitchen units are by Bulthaup.


Vintage furniture gives the space a unique touch and strong identity. Chairs with gleaming chrome bases and a transparent table provide a reflective, weightless quality.

Get the look: This is the Nomos table by Norman Foster. The Boris Tabacoff chairs were restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The black and yellow artwork is Affatus, 105 by Fernando Prats. This is the Cable Blue rug by The Rug Company. The Sixties Sputnik chandelier is by Stilnova. The prism sculpture is by Vasa Velizar Mihich. The painting beside the boat rudder is Pink Prison by Peter Halley.


Repetition is used as a design motif in the bathroom, where lights, basins and photographs appear in multiples. 

Get the look: The Time Exposed – Seascapes photographs are by Hiroshi Sugimoto. These are Sixties Italian tulip lights. The basins were designed by Jaime Beriestain Studio. This is a Fifties Nordic cabinet.


The property’s inner courtyards provide shafts of natural light flood the bedroom suite. A Sixties light is mounted on to a brass plate on the wall to emphasise its dazzle and brilliance. 

Get the look: The gold wall light is vintage Venini. The two-tone green chair is a vintage design restored by Jaime Beriestain Studio. The button-back green chair is a Sixties design by Joseph-André Motte for Steiner. The Fifties sofa is by Charles Ramos. This is the PK61 table by Poul Kjaerhom for Republic of Fritz Hansen. The gold cocktail table is an American Seventies design.


The artist Yoshi Sislay drew across the walls of the cloakroom with marker pen, full of references that are personal to the owner’s life. The futuristic light fixture adds interest with its shimmering see-through quality.

Get the look: The pendant lights are by Tom Dixon. This is a Roca basin.


For more info about the owner’s design studio, café and concept store, check out beriestain.com

Photography ⁄ Manolo Yllera

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