Living in Spain this Fall, I am ever so inspired by the architecture and the most famous architect from Spain, Antoni Gaudi.
If you’ve ever visited Spain or even seen pictures of some of the country’s most iconic homes and buildings, you’ve likely seen the work of architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926).
Gaudi is one of the most well-known Spanish architects ever, and was part of what was known as the Modernista movement. This artistic movement focused on natural and organic inspiration, shapes, lines and forms.
Because of the focus on naturally-occurring elements, Gaudi’s work spoke to geometric concepts, representative of what naturally occurs, and he was known for his use of materials like leftover bits of ceramic which he used to create mosaics, as well as stained glass and wrought iron.
Creating the country’s most iconic buildings like Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and Park Guell all located in Barcelona.
Along with being an architect, Gaudi was also considered an interior designer, and he would decorate the buildings he designed, to the smallest details.
His interior design work focused on sectioning off spaces for a specific, functional purpose, and he paid close attention to components like light and how the furnishings and design of a space would impact acoustics.
Gaudi worked in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, but his work has been an inspiration in the home design world for decades.
In today’s furniture design world, the Gaudi influence can be seen in the curving lines, lack of symmetry and the prevalence of seemingly fluid shapes.
Along with individual furniture pieces, other components of Gaudi’s concepts used in today’s interior design include the use of mosaics, bright colors and almost dream-like spaces.