Why Design Loves Barcelona

Barcelona is world famous as a city that emanates culture, creativity, art, trends and design, elements that combine and interact to trace the particular style of an international brand.

poster BCN Design Week
Pic from last edition of BCN Design Week

In the last 25 years, the city has become one of the favourite bases of operation for architects, designers, photographers, illustrators and creative professionals from all over the world.  These artistic professionals have turned design into one of Barcelona’s signs of identity, adding to the talent already in place, an building on the legacy of universal artists such as Gaudí, Miró, Tàpies or Brossa to name but a few.

After putting on one of the most impressive Olympic Games ever, Barcelona confirmed itself as the ideal context for major international events and launched itself as a benchmark city in the world of new trends and design.  The power behind all these activities lies in the creativity and enthusiasm of its inhabitants and the thousands of new residents, who arrive every year and choose it as the ideal city to live.

Barcelona Chair and Footstool by Mies Van Der Rohe
The famous Barcelona Chair and Footstool by Mies Van Der Rohe

In line with Barcelona’s design fever from October 18th to 22nd, the city celebrates the BCN Design Week, organized by BCD (Barcelona Design Centre), an international business-focused congress in the field of design that annually attracts companies like Google, HP, Vodafone, Microsoft and internationally renowned speakers like Ezio Manzini from Politecnico di Milano or Víctor Grau chief of D-Lab of MIT (Masachussets Institute of Technology) who offer attendees the opportunity to learn, share and dive deeper in topics like mobile design or design for the Networked Cities.

With the slogan “Facing new challenges through design”, this new edition is committed to giving new impetus to the creative minds and entrepreneurs to successfully tackle the difficult current situation.

DHUB picture
Pic from one of the DHUB’s exposition

As part of the BCN Design Week initiative, the DHUB (Disseny Hub Barcelona) offers its permanent exhibition manufacturing laboratory, and Full Print3d, to the congress’ agenda. Located in Marqués de Llió palace (Moncada street, 12) DHUB is a center dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding and good use of the design world but can not be considered as a museum or a design institution, as its name suggests.  The new space is set as a hub for all the design proposals to be carried out in Barcelona.

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