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Casa Batllò and the light of Catellani & Smith
Casa Batllò, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, is one of Antoni Gaudì’s architectural jewels, located in the heart of the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.
It stands out for its symbolism and colours, for the innovative use of the trencadís, the typical Catalan mosaic, that creates a ‘burst of colours’ on the façade of the building with a kaleidoscopic variety of glass tiles and ceramic discs, like a picturesque frame for the iron balconies, shaped as Carnival masks, and for the stone columns in the shape of bones, decorated with floral motifs.
Casa Batllò is a masterpiece that covers more than 5.000 square meters.
The interiors of this real wonder of Spanish Modernism - built between 1904 and 1906 - have been illuminated by the prestigious creations of Catellani & Smith, that has decorated the noble floor, former residence of the Batlló family, with a Macchina della Luce, a sculpture-like suspension lamp that integrates perfectly with the golden colour that dominates the space. The wall lamps of PostKrisi collection, on the contrary, seem to capture light and shape its shadows, with a charming interplay between transparencies and contrasts.
Another model of lamp that belongs to the ‘Oggetti senza tempo’ collection, the ‘Bella’ wall lamps complete the selection made for Casa Batllo. This lamp was created between the 80s and the 90s by Enzo Catellani and it is covered with gold coloured leaf, to represent the most classic Catellani & Smith style.
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