ight in the centre of Barcelona, Roomservice Design, a small contemporary interior design gallery with a long and narrow interior, has become a port of call for those in the know. We are in the Raval neighbourhood, an extremely trendy area with art galleries and fashionable restaurants, just before the world famous La Rambla and a stone’s throw away from the MACBA, the Barcelona museum of contemporary art.
Forever committed to experimental design, Roomservice Design is an ever-changing innovative gallery. Roomservice was opened in 2007 by Rosa and Emilio Alvarez, two modern art gallerists, in partnership with their Dutch friend Kees Kousemaker. What’s more, Angels Barcelona, their mesmerizing visual art gallery, is just around the corner.
Passionate about contemporary design and Dutch design especially, these three art experts have introduced to the Spanish public products by some of the most influential new contemporary Dutch designers, like Piet Hein Eek, Maarten Baas, Richard Hutten and Gijs Bakker. Since the beginning, this gallery has always been a multicultural space accessible to all. In fact, there has been a steady string of talented International designers, who have shown their limited edition pieces: South American designers like Lopez and Rivera, the British Baines&Fricker and the Japanese Yukiko Kitahara with her magnificent and delicate ceramics (last image).
Deep down, Roomservice Design is very Barcelona; this is a striking example of all the good things that have happened in this city in the last couple of years. In fact, in recent decades, Barcelona has become the European cultural hub par excellence and even through the financial crisis, its creativity doesn’t show signs of weakness. And you shouldn’t be shocked by the graffiti on the shutters, in fact, they are all over the street. However, aware that they didn’t stand a chance against this type of spray art, which is more often ugly than not; those on Roomservice are by an artist friend.