Cubiña showcasing contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories is a design store in uptown Barcelona only three blocks off the fashionable shopping street Passeig de Gracia. Hosting many of the world’s top contemporary furniture design brands its setting, the building, named ‘Casa Thomas’ alone is worth the visit.
Commissioned by the industrialist Joseph Thomas, the ‘Modernist’ building was designed between 1895 and 1898 by Architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner (December 21, 1850 – December 27, 1923) Originally the building, featuring a facade of neo-Gothic tendency, consisted of a ground floor containing a lithography workshop and first floor, containing the owner’s residence. In 1912 the building was enlarged by Francesc Guàrdia i Vial with the addition of three more floors.
First impressions count and foremost the building itself must be acknowledged for its own beauty. From the original floor tiles to the timber wall panelling and up to the hand painted modernist ceiling, there is much to take in. A clever ‘detail’ is the old sepia photographs of the building and people from a bygone era that have been inserted into the wall panelling.
The store has five designated areas with an atrium at its centre. The front and middle areas at street level retain the structural elements and design features of the original building, which act as a stunning backdrop to the cleverly arranged and placed furniture collections. The back area is more formal and focuses on the product ranges more so than aesthetics.
The atrium and its staircase lead down to the subterranean showroom and two areas, outdoor furniture and additional furniture brand arrangements.
Despite the predominant range of contemporary furniture and accessories the showroom as a whole still manages to engage rather than alienate. Clever compositions of furniture placed to harmonise with the architectural surrounds make for a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. To top off the visit, I found the showroom staff very friendly and engaging.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 293 – Barcelona