Vinçon is a design store situated in what was once the painter Ramon Casas‘ family house and studio – next door to Gaudí’s famous apartment building La Pedrera.
Casas, together with his collaborator Rusiñol, was a witty, clever arts activist who did a lot to prepare the way for the following generation of artists such as Picasso. In keeping with the building’s cultural history the store features a gallery at its heart – La Sala Vinçon – in what used to be Casa’s studio – showing work by artists, photographers and product designers.
Even the carrier bags are artist designed – and have become collectors’ items.
I really enjoy visiting this shop – to pick up ideas and enjoy the arts and crafts decorative stone, tile and ironwork.
Call in, have a wander around, check out the quirky toys and gadgets and the inspiring kitchen department, climb the stairs to the first floor and marvel at the huge fireplace. Wander out onto the patio at the back, where you’ll see what was the family chapel, and the trees which grow from inside the shop. Turn around and look up at the back of La Pedrera.
If you’re local you could put yourself on their mailing-list and you’ll get invited to FREE drinks and nibbles to celebrate exhibition openings, plus you’ll get occasional newsletters featuring special offers and news about product demonstrations.
If only Vinçon had a coffee shop and a place to sit, plug in your phone, or tablet, and read a book.