Azul-Tierra [translated: Blue-Earth]
Interior Designer ‘Toni Espuch’ who defines his business as a “laboratory of proposals for decoration” originally began Azul-Tierra in Alicante more than 20 years ago. The original 1994 store remains, with the Barcelona store in the ‘Eixample’ on Carrer de Còrsega, 276-282, being a recent addition.
An eccentric collection; from the sublime to the disturbing…
On entering Azul-Tierra, your senses are fully engaged from the outset. On either side of you is an overwhelming ‘array’ of beautifully displayed candles and scents. Amongst the collections on offer two, which I am most familiar with, are ‘Diptyque’ and a favourite of mine for its sophisticated scents ‘Cire Trudon’
It’s so easy to get side tracked by the candles that you almost forget to carry on into the store. Re-focusing yourself, you move on down past the crockery and then suddenly the store opens up into a wondrous cavernous space full of juxtaposed furniture, accessories, art and sculpture. There are; 1:20 scale models of various iconic corner buildings-20th century designed classics-Beautifully restored antiques comfortably displayed beside contemporary elements. Many of the pieces are ‘statement’, big and bold or exquisite, definitely high end.
For me, the disturbing even abhorrent element of the collection is the taxidermied birds and various animal heads; giraffes and zebras etc. – Personally, I just cannot fathom the need to display a ‘stuffed’ dead animal.