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Established in 2002, lagranja is a multidisciplinary design studio focusing its talent in the creation of interiors, products and ephemeral installations. After a decade, the team at lagranja remains passionate and coherent about their core ideology: making design an aide to companies and brandnames.
Lagranja´s attitude and creative edge, has led to collaborations with some of the most prestigious names in the industry, including designs for products and development of international projects and exhibits for cultural institutions.
In 2010, lagranja consolidated its growth by expanding its activity to a new office in Hong Kong. Soon after, by early 2011 a move to a new space in a modernist biscuit factory in Barcelona followed.
Lagranja´s work has gained international recognition and national acclaim winning prestigious prizes like the Red Dot Award (2007), Premi Ciutat de Barcelona de Disseny (2008), Premio Via (2009), IIDA Excellence Award from the Internationa Interior Design Association-USA (2009), IDEA Award (2008) and Silver Delta Award (2012).
In addition to their professional activity and as active participants of the design community, the team at lagranja participates as jury in competitions, and give lectures in Spain and abroad (Usa, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Russian Federation…).
In the past years Gerard and Gabriele they’ve been teaching at distinguished design schools such as: Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, FABRICA (Benetton´s creative research centre), ELISAVA, EINA, and IED in Barcelona.
La Petite Maison
Sometimes the most classical thing can be radically modern. Or a very contemporary space can be dressed up as classical… Think about it. That was exactly what we think when the studio was asked to design the new venue of La Petite Maison in Istanbul (which is a small chain of luxury French restaurants with spots all over the world). In order to create a place that is loyal to the values of the brand but also that feels authentic for Lagranja, we designed a very contemporary space in its layout, and then we dressed it up with classical materials and finishes.
The restaurant is located in a two store building at Istinye Park, Istanbul. The main dining room, located in the 1st floor, is built around a big central bar while making circulation between the dining room and the terrace as fluid as possible. Through its more than 15 meters, the bar serves as reception, salad bar and cocktail bar and it’s crowned by a large bespoke lamp, made out of glass and golden brass, with very sculptural qualities. That sense of fluidity is punctuated by the use of natural plants, which can be find everywhere around the space: in the interior, whether in pots or in vegetal walls, like in the staircase or the façade.
Over these fluid, contemporary layout, Lagranja furnished the space with the classical materials and soft colors that feel natural to the brand: natural stone and iroko wood for the flooring, lacquered ash tree for the walls, black glass, and CNC sculpted white marble for the bistrot bar, along with the profuse presence of natural plants. Like a ball gown, all these luxury elements work together to dress up the contemporary essence of the space.
is summer you can have Lagranja’s team at your feet: the studio worked together with the show brand Arrels Barcelona and developed four different models for its 2017 spring-summer collection. Lagranja is among the group of artists and creative professionals chosen by the brand to create the collection of these espadrille inspired shoes.
Having this in mind, Gabriele y Gerard started drawing patterns with absolute freedom, unleashing their creativity and using all kinds of techniques… Out of that experimentation four original patterns were born. The key of the designs lies in showing its handmade quality, where strokes and imperfections are highlighted. Even though this is not the kind of project the studio usually works on (our first dip in the fashion world), this collaboration has a lot in common with our projects: we had a lot of fun and worked without constraints or preconceptions.
Lagranja Design has created four patterns for the new Arrels Barcelona collection: Nets, Dots, Flowers and Narrow Stripes, available at Arrels Barcelona next March, 15th, as well as in their points-of-sale in Spain, Germany, France, Japan, China and Australia.
The Spanish design studio LaGranja, has rehabilitated a space situated in the old Brewery in Istanbul founded by the Bomonti Brothers from Switzerland. In this space they made a statement using elements from analogical photography. This is how Monochrome becomes a stylish place to be, where all the traditional elements of a photo studio are displayed in every single corner.
Located over an old Brewery founded by the Bomonti Brothers, the projects plays with images and photography related items to create a warm and nostalgic experience. Visitors will find essential features borrowed from a professional photo studio, such light boxes, diffusers, and umbrellas.
The concept playfully juxtaposes different materials and surfaces over some features of the pre-existing structure, while images by Turkish Photographer Mr. Tahsin Aydogmus are spread out over an oak louver, and below it, the high-back sofas designed specifically for this project.
The photography theme is also visible in the bar, designed to look like a huge light box where the visitor can spot a collection of diapositive slides found by the studio members in Istanbul flea markets. Old camera showcases and photography books complete the setting and give a great atmosphere to this new and trendy space.
The pictures, slides, light boxes, diffusers and umbrellas create a dreamy photo studio like experience for the visitor, who can embrace the nostalgia and longing for analogic photography, which can fulfill by visiting the new Leica shop through a door connecting both spaces.
Pim Pam by FOC
The Spanish design studio LaGranja presents its third collaboration with Nandu Jubany, Michelin starred chef, in Singapore. Pim Pam by FOC wants to recreate the FOC dinning experience in a more affordable and casual way. The venue is located in the bus Orchard Street, a shopping and cosmopolitan site in Singapore, where this fun and colorful space fits perfectly.
Lagranja kept the concept of adapting Catalan culture icons to the Asian city, while keeping a very tongue-in-cheek, playful approach to said staples. While in FOC, visitorscould enjoy their version of capgrossos (big heads) that can be seen in Catalan towns and villages during festivities, while entering this new place they will be greeted by four gegants (giants), that take the form real people involved in the project. This friendly figures were created and hand made in papier maché and transported to Singapore by Lagranja.
Also iconic, the center wood lamp, ressembles a big castell – human tower build by groups of Castellers- it’s a beautiful and unique piece, since it’s been created specifically for this venue by Lagranja team. The project includes other pieces made to this place, like the handcrafted wood bar from which the hangers emerge or the also wooden wall inspired by traditional rolling pins, an artisanal tool that can be find easily at any Catalan kitchen. Table tops are created through a wooden mosaic with different bright colors, that can be also seen on the classic hydraulic flooring, that offers warmth to the space.
This cozy café was created when the owner of the original Abat Café (in Manresa, his home town)
wanted to expand its successful place to other Catalan cities. He chose Lleida to start this expansion, and
picked a building that was previously a back office. Lagranja accepted the challenge of transforming this
bland space into a fresh and modern looking café.
The studio kept the resemblance to the atmosphere from its predecessor in Manresa, while giving some fresh features to the new venue,
inspired by some of the typical items and details of traditional bars in Catalonia, like adding the color and warmness of hidraulic floors.
The original huge staircase gives a modern, sculptural accent to the venue. Lagranja added iron handrails that can be spotted all over the place. One of the signature Lagranja products, the big Berry lamp, was placed over the counter and has become one of the distinctive signs of the place.
The counter itself and the table-to-share are made with a characteristic black stone, provided by a local quarry, while the furniture is compossed by pieces from the Basic Collection, signed and produced by Lagranja itself.
All elements are original yet simple, giving a bright personality to the café, despite the low budget. Abat Café has become a well known spot in Lleida, not only by the recurrent visitors, but also by passersby, who can enjoy its details right from the street.
FOC Arrives in Sentosa Island
At the end of 2014 Nandu Jubany, a Michelin Chef; Lagranja, Jordi Noguera, and Dario Nocentini, star mixologist, export the spirit of Barcelona to Singapore with FOC restaurant, a space that soon becomes a gastronomic reference.
Just a couple of years later, FOC expands its roots to the recreational shores of Sentosa, Singapore, in Palawan beach. The new FOC is a reinterpretation of a combined Mediterranean beach bar with the Singaporean lifestyle: a bit of Barceloneta and a bit of Marina Bay: hammocks, parasols and a unique gourmet experience make the perfect match.
Lagranja designed both the architecture and interior design, creating the perfect space for what FOC Sentosa wanted to offer. The building has an irregular floor plant that adapts to the beach vegetation. Located parallel to the sea and the promenade, a very simple module is repeated in slight variations and shifts to keep two large trees, an African Mogano and Samanea saman (Rain Tree).
The top of the building is partly a solid roof and part covered pergola. Mixing sun and shadows, evokes the profile of a fisherman’s house. Floating above the first floor, almost completely glazed, it gives a light appearance to a building that is anything but small.
Access – from the street – is barycentric, distributed on either side two levels of semi-open spaces. Along the pool, are the beach bar and restaurant where the visitor finds a bar made by a shelf lacquered Steel covered with tuve glasses filled with transparent dyed resin, designed and produced by Lagranja Design for this project.
To furnish the terrace, the beach and tropical garden, Lagranja has created a collection of outdoor furniture: the Bold family (sofas, armchairs, lounge chairs, stools and chairs), which will be soon incorporated in Lagranja Collection catalog.
The icing on the cake was the invaluable collaboration of Javier Mariscal. Who has given us a folder of illustrations that have become the corporate identity of FOC Sentosa and both outdoor and interior large murals.
The Other Room
The Other Room is born to become one of the best cocktail lounges of Singapore. Placed under the luxurious Marriot Hotel, it will be unique in its singular approach to the cocktail discipline, serving a great variety of cask-finished spirits. Lagranja Design had the pleasure of designing its interiors, aimed to embody the most classic aesthetic but renovated and twisted.
The squared space, that can be entered both through the Marriot’s lobby or the street, is encircled by curtains that help to preserve the atmosphere untouched. Once inside, the space is, so to speak, divided in two areas. At the main entrance, a black marbled bar containing two cocktail stations stand under a golden and pink brass backlighted wall-shelf. From its top, a great amount of wax-lamps specially made for this project, crown the showcased bottled spirits. The visitor will be able to read a Harry Johnson’s inscription at the bar while seated in one of the three unique trunk handmade stools designed and brought to Singapore from Spanish woods.
Following the purpose of enlarging the limited size perception of the space and creating a magical atmosphere, the rest of the cocktail bar consists of a large perimeter sofa bordered by a two-way mirror glass. It unveils a display of carefully selected vintage glassware that together with a sum of unexpected details, touches of vibrant colors and the described custom-made objects provide wonderment and surprise to the old and traditional cocktail bar appearance.
Last but not least, a large golden cocktail shaker sculpture hanging from the ceiling till reaching the floor has been placed amid the sofas to round up the sophisticated The Other Room concept. It has also become the icon of the space’s graphic identity, also designed by Lagranja.
Lagranja Design x Biel Capllonch
Dispersed throughout Barcelona, Hong Kong and Istanbul, Lagranja Design team has always some member in the air. Such is the dispersion that we decided to gather and celebrate it by portraying the moment. The photographer couldn’t be anyone but our favourite and, of course, the loca- tion had to have our own label.
The emblematic Terramar Hotel in Sitges — one of our upcoming projects — had the perfect suites for the occasion, so before starting the renovation we honoured it. Guided by Biel Capllonch, the reputed Sónar festival photographer, we drifted into his characteristic aesthetic of mundane situations with added intrigue; there ́s more to it than meets the eye.
How could the studio end, having access to make-up and costumes, if not with a family portrait half-way between The Royal Tenenbaums and Cluedo’s mystery. A playful and risky portrait, in the purest Lagranja style.
The startup launched by Robert and David, Typeform, was experiencing such a rapid growth that it needed to be relocated in a brand new head office. The Barcelona-based space ought to be, especially, huge. However, the Poblenou’s 2000 m2 venue they chose, owning multiple level ramps, a sensational terrace and large skylights, was too confined. Clashing with its structural conditions, Typeform’s DNA had to be strongly considered, then they definitely don’t embody what you would call a conventional company. They actually are a great multicultural and talented family, and as such they needed a comfortable space that met the requirements of a small community.
Typeform’s headquarters were to be provided of fresh air and free mobility. The solution came hand in hand with Kamal Meattle, a NASA specialist, according to whom there exists a specific combination of plants capable of renewing interior space’s air. We designed the holding structures and distributed 810 items of these species, as well as a gardener on staff. We paired the idea with a space redistribution around a boulevard where to meet, eat or chill. With the notion of reducing the office to a laptop, Typeform has been designed to have the freedom of choosing where to work, whether at the table, discussing in an agora, lying on the hammocks or having a beer at the bar-reception. In Typeform it is eaten comfortably, it is worked in multiple formats and spaces are merged with working rooms adapting to concrete profiles. It isn’t an office, and if it resembles one, we’ve utterly failed.
Most people don’t know what a Quaich is, and we weren’t experts either. Traditionally used to taste whisky, we started the project by sculpting one of these concave tools out of solid oak and then designed and manufactured a signature one in porcelain, reinventing its usual silver or pewter constitution. Now, under South Beach’s Norman Foster towers one hundred of Quaich pieces, are showcased behind the brand new whisky house’s crystal wall. They anticipate and iconize the last interior design project that the widely awarded multidisciplinary firm Lagranja Design has released in Singapore: the Quaich Bar.
Working as a bar and a store, Quaich contains one of the greatest whisky selection of Asia. To serve its cause, we came up with the idea of literally lightening the space with the sieved yellow light projected by whisky bottles. Taking advantage of the wide walls that enclose the rectangular-shaped space, they have been turned into white crystal light diffusers that illuminate top-to-bottom colorless shelves of whisky bottles.
Along the space, the shelf shallows Iroko wood follows through the floor, perfectly matching with the carefully selected furniture. As to preserve the usual aesthetic codes that have historically dressed whisky bars, we used materials such as leather, velvet or bright stainless steel albeit updating them. The minimal and nordic seaters consisting of custom leather stools, divans and armchairs together with a group of high tables providing room to chill, belong to Lagranja Collection. The Spanish studio has specially designed a reduced-size compact puff, distinguished by a backrest that provides unexpected comfort. The Miguel Milà designer’s ‘Cesta’ lamp round off this one-of-a-kind whisky temple.
Madera Service Apartments
The Madera Service Apartments has been the latest achievement of Lagranja Design in Hong Kong. Consisting of the rehabilitation of a 29 floor building, it will soon be connected with the Madera Hotel, also designed by the studio, throughout a great lobby. As its neighboring building, the new apartments are fresh, cosmopolitan and uninhibited.
The apartments, managed as an hotel, range from 20 to 30 m2 but share a great feeling of breadth and usefulness. While the last three floors contain brand new lobby lifts and three luxury suites per floor, the rest of the building is divided in four smaller apartments. Although the shape and wideness of each have an impact on their inner distribution, they all share a similar aesthetic approach. Our aim was to keep the utilities compact to allow as much room for living as possible, keeping up design and functionality.
The greatest peculiarity lays on the single flat color chosen for each suite combined with a common stripped black and white pattern. Dark red, warm green, yellow and orange are the chosen colors to visually enlarge the room. The space is basically distributed to highlight the so-called living room: made of a double bed, bedside tables and Lagranja Collection furniture under a TV. To keep the space clear, the toilet has been actually enclosed in a crystal box that can be isolated by curtains when being used. The rest of functional utilities (the cooking area and the washbasin) are incorporated in the stripped Corian-made open-shelving container. This furniture unit matches perfectly with the monochrome character of each chamber while hiding drawers and cooking utensils.
The Populist Brewery
Almost 2.000 square meters of the very first Turkish brewery released in Istanbul by the Bomonti brothers one hundred years ago have been rehabilitated. Turned into a craft brewery and a large restaurant, The Populist aims to recall the disobedient atmosphere lead and created by the crowds against political issues.
Protest is reflected in a tangible and impressive aesthetic, friendly involving the beer consume. Inspired by the 20’ American Prohibition period the creative concept shows up in walls, menus and napkins as powerful slogans, whether painted, glued or neon-light-made. A wide photography project portraying Istanbul’s multicultural citizens and several historical documents complete the show.
The three floors of the late XIX century factory are organised in six areas sharing the same hero: craft beer. To serve the cause each of them has its own personality, working as single spaces within a great unique complex. Right at the entrance 6 enormous high-raised beer tanks exhibited in a 2 ways glass box welcomes the beer drinker. A dj station set in an orange vintage Volkswagen van foresees what we’ll find inside: rehabilitated stainless steel tanks, ‘megaphone’ sculptures, bottle-shaped luminaries or an old dark brick and mortar tank converted into an indoor balcony.
We tried to modify the least the original walls and ceilings. Spots, creases and fissures remain at sight yet the improvements are radically new. We dressed the space with brand new clothes that although they just cover the minimum still remain eye-catching.
What if the electric kettle – normally relegated to the kitchen counter top – could flow elegantly to the coffee table where our guests are waiting? What if a big corporation focused on the domestic landscape and human behaviour, more than just on strict functionalism and performance? The summer of 2014, Lagranja had the great privilege of working on a R+D project with Toshiba to incorporate decorative design to industrially mass produced objects, without giving up the state-of-the-art technology.
The every-time smaller residences in overcrowded cities like Hong Kong, Tokio or Singapore and the needs faced by emancipated students who usually live in them, brought us to rethink both aesthetics and the function of small appliances. Cooking tableware aims to represent apartments where the room boundaries have diluted and enclosed kitchens do no longer exist.
The set consists of three main utensils, a wireless induction dock, a kettle and a pot made of ceramics, both completed with their cover and wooden handle. The piece’s versatility not only invites to move them comfortably to the table, but also allows to actually cook on it.
Sargelos commissioned us a Haute Cuisine crockery that had to be developed together with an outstanding cook. We immediately thought of our good friend Nandu Jubany and decided to visit him to understand his needs and concerns. After having long chats and observing how he usually works, the concept of Nandu was born.
Nandu’s crockery comprises five visually consistent pieces, aimed to frame gastronomical creations. Its unusual height is born not only to appeal to the client’s senses but to increase the delicacy’s value. By designing a “botafumeiro” lid, we added a fun detail to the serving ritual. This cover allows you to smell the approaching meal without revealing its appearance, saving the surprise to the fortunate one that will unveil it.
FORC Coat Stand
FORC, the coat stand designed for Mobles 114, is inspired by the traditional and refined gentleman cane shape. During the project’s development, its emblematic shape evolved to the abstract and sculptural shape it embodies today.
FORC consists of three beech wooden poles, whose different heights allow kids to hang their coats without needing help. Thanks to its hook-shaped ends, the iron piece that ties the structure together enables to hang umbrellas or bags on its inner and outer side. All in one, an aesthetic but also functional coat stand is achieved.
In Lagranja we believe that good design is not always simply the most extreme. Originality and innovation do not necessarily imply revolution or the need to turn upside down what other people have already done. Thus, the philosophy behind the collection Basic was not one of gratuitous surprise or breaking of moulds.
This collection is based on solid ideas and respect for tradition: the elegance of Nordic design blended with the organic warmth of the Mediterranean. We employed simple but attractive forms, used only natural material such as wood, and took advantage of modern technology to bring the best out of traditional hand-crafted work. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts … and brings us closer to the essence, to the Basic.
We hope you like our designs. Soon, there will be more in our catalogue and on our website.
LightLAB Showroom Lamp
LightLAB, the new Lamp Lighting Showroom had to be used, on one hand, to exhibit and introduce Lamp luminaries utility and, on the other hand, to provide a reunion space. Thus, it was chosen to create a structure in which two wavy screens consisting of coloured and textured tubes have a center stage.
Different light sources evidence volumes, textures and colours on the screen surfaces (natural carton, coated carton and textile), giving priority to the light effects rather than to the luminaries. While colours and textures are protagonists of one of the screens, the other one is made of various dyed woods. Read more»»
Both work as room dividers of three atmospheres, one aimed for retail illumination, another one for hospitality illumination and finally, a third one for general illumination. Frontally, they embrace an area than can be a meeting room as well as a small auditorium. At the rear, a space where to manipulate and house the luminaries that previously could only be seen, has been created. The modular oak ceiling serves a practical assembly function, and in turn as a support to dignify the own luminaries.
“Architectural lighting fixtures are a world apart in lighting business. They are designed to be installed in an extraordinary variety of spaces by the dozen. But, at best, they act like silent presences.
Thanks to our large experience in decorative lighting, the challenge for lagranja has been to design something minimalist but recognizable —an object that doesn’t scream but it is still able to talk.
Our memory, unconsciously, thought of Braun’s small radios. The perforated surface allows removing heat coming from the LED spotlight instead of diffusing sound.
Injected aluminium spotlights and an extruded aluminium suspended light form the product range. Suspended ceiling lightning can be made up of an opal polycarbonate diffuser or a polycarbonate reflector, which will guarantee high visual comfort.”
Miura Private Equity
Does anybody like working at an impersonal standard office? I don’t and, luckily, neither does Miura. A while ago, and happily enough for both, the prestigious risk capital company asked us to renovate a villa —located in a quiet street in Barcelona— to turn it into their corporate headquarters.
The garden gate opens. I enter from the street into the garden, passing beside our beloved cycle park to head for the porch. As if by magic, the door opens and I get to a hall with no reception. I decide to wait in the only room accessible from there which reminds me of a library… After five minutes my host comes and we go to one of the wonderful meeting rooms.
The lobby is as special as the room itself. It shows its purpose. It is a change of pace in order to be in a different place, with different people.
Tascón shoe shop
Mr. Carlos Tascón and his son came into our studio with the intention of modernising their shoe shops spread all over Spain. They are the second and third generation of the multi-brand company and they want to connect with tourists and new generations
It is clear that this new way must transmit fondness for footwear, for handicrafts and for aesthetics. So we presented an ambitious project in which every single shop has its own personality and we are sure that, in this case, variety will turn into richness for the brand.Read more»»
We are decided to create the ideal place for shoes so we chose to decorate old wooden lasts to personalise each shop. The idea is to invite designers to do the same in future shops.
Riviera New Luxury Residential Building
The Riviera is a new high-quality residential 29th-floor building located in Shau Kei Wan, a historic fishing district near the bay of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
The designing project creates a new identity for this reference site located in this changing neighbourhood. The façade reflects colour, light, and vitality together with the cheerfulness of the interior design that is shown by the sculptures of fancy flying aquatic animals.
The 96 apartments are exclusively designed and the top floor duplex apartments have amazing views over the bay. As a whole is a project think up for spending power young clients.
Paseo de Gracia 2014-2016 Christmas Electric Lighting
For the conceptualization and design of Barcelona’s Christmas electric lighting, which will light Paseo de Gracia during the Christmas holiday, lagranja design has taken the architect Gaudi and his catenary arches as a starting point.
‘. . . in the noblest street of Barcelona, which has two of the great modernist architect’s emblematic buildings —Casa Batlló and Casa Milà— we thought it appropriate to pay a small tribute to the master. The lamps are a free interpretation of Gaudi’s models, which were made of ropes, sandbags, and chains —in an obviously free way, with different sizes and made of red and white LEDs following the most classical Christmas spirit. . .’
Lights will be set up all along Paseo de Gracia, from Plaza Cataluña to Jardinets de Gracia -2 km in all.
FOC, Fine Fun Food from Barcelona
Capgrossos (typical burlesque giant papier-mâ-ché masks which are carried in annual local festivals) or porrones (wine jugs) used as lamps are an example of changing the way typical Catalan culture elements are used to give those who come in at Nandu Jubany’s new restaurant in Singapore a wink.
lagranja design pays tribute to Catalan folklore and Barcelona’s traditions at FOC without giving way to turn the restaurant into a theme park. The space is simple: a darker front room with a large bar and an open kitchen, and then a glass ceiling patio for the objects in there to become more prominent —a search for balance in Barcelona’s popular culture reinterpretation.
Rafael Marquina’s iconic cruet and the emblematic pepper mills; a series of graffiti such as the Burro’s (the donkey is a Catalan symbol), La Sagrada Familia’s, Messi’s, and Spanish typical tiles. Dominoes covered the bar, a very popular game at Spanish’s bars… (we discovered it is famous worldwide recently), late 60s’ Impala symbolic motorbike… A play to turn popular things into a new approach that will wow you!
All in all, we just want to contextualize the taste of Nandu Jubany’s dishes far away from home trying to shorten the distance between Singapore and Barcelona.