This Cool Spanish Home Makes a Stylish Case for Modern Loft Living
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Name: David Romero
Location: Poble Nou — Barcelona, Spain
Size: 3700 square feet (counting the offices and music studio that don’t appear in the photos)
Years lived in: 6 months, owned
David, a lawyer, was looking for a change. When he and his brother Marcos came across this very large space for sale, David realized this could be the change he was looking for. The idea of creating a space where he can live in and make a living renting it out for music and corporate events was born, and the two purchased the space.
Though the brothers had clear ideas about how they wanted to use the space, it’s large. Like 3700 square feet of open loft, offices, and music studio large. They recognized the potential, but also that they would need help bringing their dreams to life. They hired Meritxell Ribè from the “The Room Studio” to help them shape a big raw space into both an intimate, cozy home and a thrilling, flexible event space.
Working with the brothers, Meritxell was able to design a loft that has lots of intimate areas perfect for creating a cozy home, which are made up of movable, flexible furnishings that can be adapted for all kinds of events. MitroBCN, the brothers’ event company, was born. During the day, David lives in a fresh, cool, and trendy loft, and by night, a dynamic space where musicians, artists, and more reinvent the loft with every event. It’s a fascinating way to live—and probably not for everyone—but for David it’s just perfect.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Warmth, unique, singular with the combination of diverse elements, from classic design pieces to elements of markedly industrial line.
Inspiration: Passion for music, originality, art, avant-garde, uniqueness, and at the same time, functionality. In the interior design project we had full confidence in Meritxell Ribé and his interior design studio, The Room Studio. We only provided some conceptual criteria that Meritxell knew how to develop into perfection.
Favorite Element: It’s hard to choose a favorite item. They all occupy a special place in the project and were chosen with delicate attention. Perhaps because of their beauty and elegance, the central space lamps (Mod. Wireflow by Vibia) bring great personality to the space and blend perfectly with its industrial architecture (they are fantastic!).
Biggest Challenge: The greatest challenge is always to provide unity of criteria to a project. In this sense, we are particularly satisfied because we feel fully represented with the final result. The space expresses our way of being and welcomes us warmly in our daily life. At the same time, it is a living space, with its own personality that invites you to meet and enjoy good company among friends: a perfect combination!
What Friends Say: In all the conversations we have, they always repeat the same phrase: “I would love to stay and live here.” We feel very flattered by those comments, as they are evidence of the feeling that we try to generate with the design. For us it is a pleasure to live and enjoy every day this fantastic space.
Biggest Embarrassment: There is a Spanish refrain that says: “At the blacksmith’s house, wooden spoon.” MitroBCN is also our place of work. It is no coincidence that this tour does not include images of our office… we have not yet been able to finish it as we would like (everything will arrive in time…)
Proudest DIY: Our greatest success was that we wanted to build the fireplace chimney. It is a very representative element that integrates perfectly into the space and provides a cozy touch. It is the heart of the house. It is always a pleasure to gather around the fire to chat and enjoy in the company of friends.
Biggest Indulgence: We’ve always wanted to have a fantastic sofa. A big piece, comfortable, cozy, and with personality. Saba’s Pixel sofa perfectly fulfills all our expectations. The investment was really worth it.
Best Advice: For us, there are two elements that are important when it comes to carrying out an interior design project. Firstly, to be honest with yourself and to avoid escape from artificiality or exaggeration, and secondly, search for the help and advice of a good professional, ones who know how to capture your personality and reflect it in their work proposals.
- Leather Chairs— Cuero Design
- Table – The Plywood Walnut
- Lamp – The Cylinder
- Ceiling lamp — Ingo Maurer
- Bar chairs – Menu
- Red Chairs – Magis Design
- Red and Grey Chairs – Vitra
- Side table lamp – Vibia
- Vintage chest of drawers – Hü
- Sofa – Mass Productions
- Coffe table – SM
- Carpet – Sidivani
- Projector – Us
- Lamp – Vibia
- Sofa – Saba Italia
- Table Lamp – Ingo Maurer
- Side Table – Mobler
- Side Lamp — Davide Groppi
- Recovered industrial furniture bar
- Stools – Singular Market
- Table Lamp – Mobler
- Bed – Novamobili
- Bed Side lamps – Mobler
- Bed Side tables – Hü
- Sculpture – Carles Messeguer
- Photographs – Beatriz Minguez
- Pictures – Sergi MestresSeth SanchezCarol Fleischman