We're excited to announce that the international tile, kitchen, and bath company Porcelanosa has invited Head Designer Juliana Oliveira to tour their facilities in February 2020. Juliana will travel to Spain with a small, exclusive group of industry professionals to take a peek at the company's newest line of products and see where the 50-year-old business first began.
As an internationally-inspired, modern interior designer, Juliana sources materials from all over the world, but Porcelanosa holds a special place in the design hearts of Juliana and the rest of the Beyond team. The company's cutting-edge designs don't keep up with the trends, they set them. When we use their products, we know the end result will be innovative, one-of-a-kind, and truly exceptional.
While collaborating with Clay Stapp + Co. and Grand Development on their Northwest Dallas new-builds, we've had the special opportunity to fully take advantage of the wide array of products Porcelanosa offers, allowing us to create distinctive modern palettes.
In some of our designs, we'll source an entire space with Porcelanosa products. Other times, we utilize their materials as accents, such as in backsplashes or countertops. Either way, Porcelanosa products truly enhance a space.
We're constantly following the European company to get inspiration, which is why we're so excited to tour their facility in February and see what they'll be producing for Spring 2020!
Be sure to keep an eye out for our post-Porcelanosa trip blog!
This blog was NOT paid for by Porcelanosa. We just simply love them.
To get a sense of an interior designer's specialized style, one can peruse through the professional's portfolio of work. To truly understand the designer, though, you need to know what and who inspires them. By knowing these facts, you can see the whole picture of what your designer could bring to the table.
For our head designer, Juliana, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has been one of those great inspirations. Juliana has embodied his "less is more" approach, which has shaped the way she designs spaces.
While an architect by trade, Mies van der Rohe paid great attention to every element of his designs, including the interior. He even created minimalist, and eventually iconic, items of furniture to fully articulate his principles.
One of his most known creations was the German Pavilion, which was showcased at the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich's (his co-designer) work emblemized the Modern Movement of the early 1900s. While disassembled after the exhibition ended, the pavilion was so well received that the head of Barcelona's Urban Planning Department designated a team of architects to research and create an exact replica of the original design. In 1986, the new pavilion opened to the public, named as the Barcelona Pavilion.
In the original pavilion, Mies van der Rohe and Reich showcased a newly designed chair made of leather and steel, which later earned the name the "Barcelona Chair." Since the German Pavilion was set to host the King of Spain and German authorities during the opening ceremonies of the exhibition, the spaces were outlined by floor-to-ceiling panels of glass and various kinds of marble. The latter material, in particular, was posher than typical Mies van der Rohe style, but it needed to accommodate royalty. As did the furniture the reception guests would interact with. Cue in the Barcelona Chair.
The simple but sumptuous article rose to the level of the meticulously designed pavilion. The final product pleased Mies and Reich so much that they created a Barcelona sofa, which appeared in a client's home for the first time that same year.
Mies van der Rohe designed numerous furniture pieces throughout his career, each with their own essence of luxury, creativity, and simplicity. These elegant and pragmatic principles are what Juliana and the Beyond team bring to their designs every day.
The influence Mies had on Juliana is indescribable by words, but each of her concepts highlights a principle the German architect held so dearly nearly a century ago.