In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered home following the light of each full moon. They were the Lunar Society.
Taking their lead from that impressive circle, in a 12th century house in Valldaura, a group of experts, professors, makers and philosophers are asking themselves how science and technology can serve society.
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Although the name may translate to “grocery store,” you won’t find bread and butter basics at Colmado. (That is unless wooden watches, fish-shaped handbags and ukuleles made from candy boxes are your staples). Rest of article published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques. http://www.shopikon.com/s/barcelona/colmado COLMADO C/Brosoli 5 Neighborhood Born Phone +34 931 722 966 Website colmadoshop.tumblr.com Hours Mon-Sat […]
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He’s danced for the Queen and Presidents of America. Yes, that’s Presidents, plural – and now he’s added the Institute of the Arts Barcelona to his resume.
As the American Ballet Theatre’s award-winning Spanish star who once got a fifteen-minute standing ovation for his ‘Swan Lake’ , Ángel built his company Barcelona Ballet in a country with no history of classical ballet. Now internationally famed for his stellar dancing and multiple pirouettes (twenty-four, but who’s counting?), it’s the dancer’s unusually charismatic personality that provokes awe-filled gushes of “He’s so nice!”
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Published in Institute of the Arts Barcelona – May 2014. http://www.iabarcelona.com/cultural-life-in-sitges/ Mirò was born here, Picasso painted here and you can bet that Dalí twiddled his ‘tache over some cava and tapas in these very streets. Muse to many, the inspirational Sitges has deeply ingrained artistic roots. (OK, it’s Joaquim de Miró, not Joan Miró.) For […]
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MERCER HOTEL, BARCELONA It transpires that behind the spires of Barcelona Cathedral and the Catalan capital’s Roman walls stands a hotel with stones older than those of the attention-grabbing basilica – but the Mercer’s attitude is anything but ancient. Listed as a historical monument owing to the gorgeous 1st century walls integrated in its architecture, it was designed by […]
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Featured in Delitessen – Delicious Destinations for Gourmet Travellers. Aug 2014. https://www.delitessen.com/destination/barcelona/hotel/hotel-cram 18th Century Mansion turned Futuristic Design Hotel The Experience What is black and white and red all over? The chic Cram Hotel. No joke, in 2004 this uniquely avant-garde hotel in the fashionable Eixample quarter was inspired by the unlikely combo of piano […]
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Anonymous review for Mr & Mrs Smith – Nov 2013. http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/mercer-hotel-barcelona The blue dotted line informs us that the Mercer is a six-minute walk from my apartment, but Google Maps doesn’t account for culinary deviations. It’s really just over ten if you stop to gorge on a Michelin-starred mascarpone croissant at the nearby Hofmann Bakery. I live in […]
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As featured in Miniguide – Sept 2014. http://miniguide.es/drink/skye-coffee-co/ Back in 1972 this Citroën H Van never predicted it would grow up to be a space age café residing in a warehouse providing coffee to those in the know in Poblenou. This is Skye Coffee co., the future of Barcelona’s coffee scene from forward-thinking designer Skye Maunsell. […]
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As featured in Miniguide – Sept 2014. http://miniguide.es/events/combo/ By now you’ll have heard of global community EatWith, the food-loving enthusiasts throwing doors open to supper clubs with culinary twists. Combo is the latest of their experimental projects and the idea is simple: chefs combine in an unusual setting and serve a course each. Bourgeois bohemian, yet unpretentious, July’s […]
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As featured in Miniguide – May 2014 http://miniguide.es/drink/nomad-coffee-productions/ Free pouring LDN caffeine-cool into BCN’s comparably small coffee scene, Nomad was originally a market stall in East London. This is what happened when Spanish Barista Champion Jordi Mestre came home to roast, setting up shop (and lab) near Santa Caterina, “a place to taste coffee.” Serving […]
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Photographs and text published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques. http://www.shopikon.com/s/barcelona/el-recibidor 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 […]
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“Gin does not agree with me.” “Yes I do.” – Gin Joao designed the Goldapple Gintonic at 11am. Extracted from my 5-page feature about Barcelona’s gintonic scene in Let’s Go inflight magazine, Dec 2013. Every day should start like this. Joao ‘Cocktailpedia’ Eusebio is serious about gin. As one of Barcelona’s top mixologists, he has trained some of […]
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