Name: Meritxell Ribé and Josep Puigdomènech
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 2,691 square feet (living space)
Years lived in: 5 years, renting
She's an interior designer. He, a technical architect. And together, Creative and Projects Directors Meritxell and Josep mix their work and private lives by using their beautiful Barcelona home as both a living space, workspace and showroom for their business, The Room Studio. The couple found this 5,382-square-foot (total) space that was already divided into two zones by a big hall at the entrance, a setup perfect for using as both an office and a home.
When they first looked at this space, it was in bad shape; the architectural soul had been lost. So, to bring back its life, they restored classical details into the design, combining them with modern elements that bring both comfort and charm to the home. This creative couple reflects their design passions in every corner of this amazing space... and it's a place where clients can see what they do and buy whatever furniture they like in it.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mixing things with style. It's not easy to combine things from different periods and styles. They have to have balance and coherence and this is what we try to do.
Inspiration: For us it's hard to see just see a flower and then get inspired… You have to observe and keep the information, then somehow this unconsciously comes out as a great idea!
Favorite Element: The Ingo Maurer ceiling lamp… This one is not for sale!
Biggest Challenge: Everything we don't see! Like electrical installations that go under the floors.
What Friends Say: They never want to leave!
Biggest Embarrassment: The street noise. We maintained the old windows of the apartment so sometimes it's hard to sleep. But you get used to it at some point!
Proudest DIY: Our kid's paints.
Biggest Indulgence: The TV screen of the living room. It such an investment! But we want to show people how amazing it is to have this kind of thing in their homes.
Best Advice: Hire an interior designer! And the most important thing: Trust him or her!
Dream Sources: Fairs, antique dealers, and architects such as Pawson or Toyo Ito
BLUE LIVING ROOM
Two leather chairs — Meritxell Ribe
Wicker chairs — Meritxell Ribe
Sofa — Gervasoni
Round side table — Gubi
Wooden coffee table — Meritxell Ribe
Carpet — Hay
Side rounded lamp — Davide Groppi
Wooden drawer — Ethnicraft
"Cesta" lamp — Santa Cole
Wooden floor lamp — Santa Cole
Wooden side table — Vitra
Candles — Meritxell Ribe
Wicker candle holders — Meritxell Ribe
White pictures – Sol Fàbrega
Table — Ethnicraft
Chairs — Lobsters Day
Pictures — Sol Fàbrega
Decoration ladder —
Side table with flowers — Meritxell Ribe
White chair — Eames
Side table —
White chandelier —
Ceiling lamp — Ingo Maurer
Book rack — String
Sofas – Refurbished by Meritxell
Coffee table —
Carpet — Gan Rugs
Glass chandeliers — Meritxell Ribe
Side white lamp — Celine Wright
Wicker chandeliers — Meritxell Ribe
Ceiling lamp — Ayilluminate
Wooden cabinet — Mobles114
Picture — Sol Fàbrega
Golden side lamp — Areti
Pillows — Meritxell Ribe
Rags — Meritxell Ribe
Piano — Brodmann
Red side lamp — Flos
White cabinet — Meritxell Ribe
White and wood cabinet — Hay
Desk – IKEA
Little chairs – Antique shop
White cabinet – Design by Meritxell
Bed — Perludi
Ceiling lamp — Filocolore
Desk lamp — Anglepoise
Puffs — Oyoy
Wicker little chair — Filocolore
Carpet — Alpujarrena
MERITXELL AND JOSEP'S ROOM
Side table lamp — Meritxell Ribe
Animal picture – Drawn by Meritxell's son
Side table — Antique
Pillows — Ferm Living
Bed linen — Mikmax
White shelves — Santa Cole
TV cabinet — Mobles114
Wicker basket — Meritxell Ribe
Headboard — Vescom
Cat picture — Joana Santamans