Photographs and text published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques.
Pinball tournaments, costume competitions, vermouth and the most original vintage furniture in northern Spain. That’s what happened when two ad agency art directors and a “mad vintage guy” came together to realize their shared love of retro in 2013. Partly inspired by the 70s stylings of the Spanish short film ‘My Father is Björn Borg’, Gerard, Antonio and Jorge set up a vintage furniture store and filled it with beautifully restored Nordic-style 50s, 60s and 70s pieces imported from England. Or, in other words, “stuff we like to be around.” Taking a gamble, they chose a space in Sant Antoni, then watched as the neighbourhood flourished with restaurants, boutiques and the trappings associated with the hip new place to be in Barcelona. The store’s name translates to “The Entrance,” and is named after “the first thing you see when you enter a house.” Designed with a homely, yet minimal feel in mind (with a touch of art gallery and rock n’ roll hangout thrown in), the retro aficionados celebrate new deliveries of classic sideboards, rare one-offs and limited edition hi-fi equipment with in-store events – and a vinyl soundtrack as classy as the decor. Not to mention the old-school Dirty Harry pinball machine. Game. Over.
EL RECIBIDOR’S FAVOURITE PLACES NEARBY
Tarannà – Café – Carrer de Viladomat, 23, 08015 Barcelona
“We love this corner café. It was one of the reasons we chose Sant Antoni. It has a really big table you share with others and a Nordic style bar.”
“This old style bar is full of old people drinking whiskey from 11am, but during the night gets filled with young hipsters.”
Flash Flash – Restaurant – Carrer de la Granada del Penedès, 25, 08006 Barcelona
“Time stopped in the late ’60s in this really cool restaurant. On the walls the black and white photos are the owner’s wife.”
C/ Viladomat 9
Sat 11-2 & 4-8:30