Discoveries in Gràcia

October 16, 2016

 
Revealing our journey was a natural beginning for Monc, as we wanted to show how each of our products are designed, sourced and crafted to bring items that are truly genuine. For us, this is the most exciting part of a complex and intricate design process, which is tailored by our distinct design values. Each value builds the lifestyle of what we believe in as designers, and is reflected in every product that we create.
The first step in the design process is inspiration: inspiration is hard to define as it can come in so many forms. Often it’s a feeling of awe and surprise, and other times it’s a delicate reminder of a memory or occurrence gone by. These experiences are so important, and through sharing our journey we want to show our inspiration in each of the products we design. In Gracia, our inspiration came during the local ‘fiesta’, held in the neighbourhood each year. Local residents take weeks to intricately decorate the surrounding streets using papier mâché and recycled products. Visitors are taken through different stories as they walk through each busy street, where hanging canopies are filled with decorations that refract light and cast shadows on the surrounding residents’ homes creating mesmerising displays wherever you look. 

 
We took the time to venture through the district to learn more about the local lifestyle. As we journeyed through the hustle and bustle of the streets, we enjoyed the sense of community as the locally run shops stayed open, and musicians and performers could be found on every corner. Approaching the main street,‘Carrer d’Asturias’, we noticed the atmosphere of the fiesta was starting to change and you could feel the buzz of the afternoon party beginning. We walked through the crowds, and stumbled upon the elegant front of ‘Coshop – Designers Community. Made in Barcelona’ which we discovered the hub for local craft and design in Barcelona. The shelves were filled with the creations of Local designers, ranging from handmade jewellery to illustrated prints and leather goods to clothing. The shop was packed with thoughtfully crafted items, designed by locals and sold within the four Coshops around Barcelona. What we find inspiring, is that behind each of these items is a maker’s journey of creativity, which brings both character and charm to each product that they design. 


 
Venturing further into the shop we noticed a large windowed partition at the back. Looking through the glass we could see a selection of old dusty machines lit up by the sun pouring through two skylights. Full of interest, we asked the owner of the shop, Nieves Torres Ayala, if we could have a look. She un-padlocked the door and we discovered that it was a traditional medal and coin factory. The cabinets surrounding the room were filled with negative stamp designs ranging from sailing medals to Olympic coins. Due to the layer of dust, we presumed the factory must have been out-of-use for a few years, but it felt like the craftsmen had just dropped everything and left, as scraps of metal and misplaced tools were dotted around the place. It gave us insight into both the heritage of the shop and the neighbourhood itself. Gràcia, now an up and coming district for fashion and design, with Coshop leading the way for local craft and ‘cool sustainable fashion’. But behind the scenes these places often have a hidden story. Here, it’s the traditional craft of making medals and coins, which gives Gràcia a unique heritage in itself. 

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in MONC JOURNEY

In Conversation with: Bethany Rowntree

December 06, 2017

Beth approached us about the concept of Studio B in June; a curated selection of  brands which present high quality, ethically produced items collated on one platform. With first hand experience working with Mulberry, Matches Fashion and Anya Hindmarsh, Bethany has turned her focus to present a selection of brands to customer's looking for products of substance and longevity. Since launch in September, Studio B has been building a reputation for its playful yet curated selection of niche brands. We sat down with Bethany to find out more about her idea of the perfect marketplace.

Read More

Craft in Kreuzberg: Ceramics with Roland Hauk

November 16, 2017

Kreuzberg’s bohemian culture has been on the rise in the last 20 to 30 years, the underground music scene influencing nightlife and audio around the world, and the bohemian style of fashion has played a part in changing catwalks across the industry. More recently a renaissance of craft and young artisans has made Kreuzberg the centre for well made locally sourced goods in Berlin. By young artisans I don't mean young in age, but young in development. In this Journal post we explore a long standing resident of Kreuzberg, who has recently moved away from a commercial 2D discipline of design to a more hand on approach to ceramics, and influencing local residents to follow his journey.

Read More

In Conversation With: Elsie Evans

October 05, 2017 2 Comments

To capture the vibrancy of each neighbourhood and further tell their stories we collaborated with artist Elsie Evans, to create a series of paintings which are captured on each micro-fibre cleaning cloth that accompanies every frame purchased. We talked to Elsie about what first inspired her as an artist, her daily paintings, and how she established The Elsie Evans Art Retreat which opened this year in her ex-pat home, Thai Land.

Read More