Designer Oscar Viñals Imagines the Future of Flight

A wildly ambitious visual and technical exploration, Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals (whose background is graphic design for competitive motor racing teams) has proposed a series of concept aircraft for the future. Perhaps surprisingly, his lack of formal education in aerospace engineering grants unfettered imagination. And beyond the triple-decker structures or blended wings that simply don’t exist yet, he’s also touched upon everything from portable nuclear …

Barcelona Design Week 2018: Highlights

Exploring the pragmatic and esoteric by reconsidering various approaches to design

Design form Catalonia has an identity rooted both in regional tradition and contemporary icons. Javier Mariscals objects and characters (like Cobi, the 1992 Summer Olympics mascot), Jorge Pensi’s Toledo Stacking Chair, and Rafael Marquina’s Marquina Oil Cruet (apparently one of the most copied design objects in the history of Spanish design) are all of note. These familiar names, along with the future of Catalan design …

Inside The Macallan’s Sherry-Producing Partners in Jerez, Spain

Touring cooperages and bodegas for the sweet, spiced fortified wine

You may be one of the rare ones; a person occasionally taking a sip of sherry or using some to cook. Yet despite emphatic attention to detail and quality, sherry has more or less fallen out of favor. Gone are the days of Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre tale “The Cask of Amontillado.” But its influence has not disappeared. Scotch drinkers know this more than many, …

Interview: Baranowitz + Kronenberg Studio

Process, inspiration and why the design team behind Ibiza's Sir Joan hotel doesn't believe in "style"

Contemporary stereotypes surrounding Ibiza are drenched in mega-clubs, day parties, super-yachts and plenty of EDM, but one of the island’s newest hotels, Sir Joan, is an oasis that harks to the island’s heyday. While the property (located on Passeig Joan Carles I) feels exclusive, it’s also inclusive and relaxed—with plenty of cleanly designed and sun-drenched common spaces. Designed by Baranowitz + Kronenberg and Ribas & …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in Spain's exhilarating seaside city

by Andrew Maness Nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s second largest city impresses with its approachability. In Barcelona there’s no shortage of elevated spaces with public access, seemingly every hotel has a rooftop with a bar and a pool. However, while these are useful for gaining a different perspective in a particular neighborhood, they don’t give you a look at the big picture. For …