Midcentury Modern in Barcelona: At Home with Elina Vila and Agnès Blanch of Minim
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Founded in 1999 by Elina Vila and Agnès Blanch, Minim is an interior design studio focused on "maximizing the potential of each space, keeping all those original elements that have historical or contextual value," according to the partners. "The contrast between new and old is the best way to enhance the values of each period." In this classically detailed Barcelona flat, the designers used midcentury modern pieces by Hans Wegner, Arnie Jacobsen, and Poul Henningsen as a foil for the original stained glass windows and patterned cement tile floors. Go to Minim to see more of the firm's work and to tour the Minim Furniture Showroom . Above: The partners retained the original stained glass windows throughout the flat. Above: In the living room, a pair of leather Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs and a pair of Atello Table Lamps by Vico Magistretti for Oluce add a sense of symmetry. Above: Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner, a Japan Table from e15, and a PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen add a modern note to the dining room. Above: The designers added a sleek stainless and white lacquered kitchen. Above: A black leather Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman , paired with a Saarinen Side Table . Above: An AJ Table Lamp by Arne Jacobsen provides bedside illumination. Above: The solid oak Backenzahn Stools and the Emil Bedside Table are from German company e15. Above: Architect Elina Vila and interior designer Agnès Blanch at their Barcelona studio. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 4, 2011.