Josep Maria Jujol (1879-1949) is one of the greatest, yet least known, geniuses of Catalan architecture whose imagination and creativity are astonishing in each and every artistic discipline he embraced. He was an architect, a painter, a sculptor and a graphic artist to name only some of his talents, and he was Gaudí’s closest and keenest collaborator. After the time he spent with his maestro he experimented with all styles until he had established his own creative universe that was far removed from the conventionalism of his day.
The Casa de Familia water decanter, designed in 1912 for the orphanage of the same name, is a simple and humble piece that magnificently demonstrates all his artistic ability. Bd Barcelona Design has faithfully reproduced it from the only image still in existence of the original model.
Think of Barcelona and you think of tapas, beach, football, stag parties and, of course, Antoni Gaudí. His work defines the city for many visitors. His wild modernista designs seem to lie on each street corner, marked by a gaggle of appreciative tourists.
But deeply religious Gaudí was an austere character; it was left to Josep Maria Jujol (1879 -1949), his little-known Catalan architect collaborator, to bring a lightness of touch and humour to many of his most famous works. The broken tile mosaics of the city's Park Güell, for example, were made by him. Josep Maria Jujol wide field of activity ranged from furniture designs and painting, to architecture. He worked with Antoni Gaudí on many of his most famous works.
Jujol was the obvious choice to complete La Sagrada Família after Gaudí carelessly stepped in front of a tram in 1926 - but he never got the job, apparently too modest to shoulder his way to the front of the queue. Never mind, you can discover Jujol's own mini "Sagrada Famílias" - and these ones have even been finished, all over Catalonia.
Source: "Gaudí's Catalan shadow: the art of Josep Maria Jujol" by Richard Eilers, The Guardian
Bd Barcelona Design is the Spanish company with the highest international prestige in design. It was founded in 1972 as Bd Ediciones de Diseño by the architects and interior designers Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, Lluis Clotet, Mireia Riera and Oscar Tusquets. At the time of its foundation, Bd Ediciones de Diseño was a mere expression of almost insolent rebellion by a group of young, unsatisfied architects, but it soon became a productive philosophy with a mission to break moulds, even commercial ones.
The Bocaccio Design (a clue for those who were not already in on the secret) of the Barcelona of the early 70s was created as a vehicle for the production of all those items of furniture, objects and accessories which could not be found in shops. It might have turned out to be nothing more than an arrogant idea, but in fact became a unique experience, offering an interpretation of design hitherto unknown in Spain: a new sensibility, a different perception of everyday objects.
"We believe that this initial stimulus has become enriched over the intervening years with mixtures which, to us, appear exquisite. It is for this reason that we have published them."
In this way, contemporary creations co-exist with those of the great universally admired masters. Konstantin Grcic, Jaime Hayón, Ross Lovegrove and Alfredo Häberli have shared space with Antoni Gaudì, Salvator Dalí, Ettore Sottsass and Giuseppe Terragni.
Glass, with a capacity of 1,2l
Diameter 13cm, height 27cm
Made in Spain
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