Gaudi in attainable scales
Gaudi's designs were so novel that contemporary furniture seemed out of place in his buildings, so his clients asked that he design furnishings in a similar style. Although much of the furniture that Gaudi created for his patrons was lost during the Spanish Civil War, when the houses were stripped of their furniture and his studio and archive in the Cathedral were destroyed, many pieces remain.
Mirror designed by Gaudi, from Casa Calvert
Author Luis Gueilburt points out that Gaudi's first design commission, the one that launched his career, was a piece of furniture. It was a display cabinet for the Spanish Pavilion at the Universal Exposition of 1878 in Paris. It won a silver medal and caught the eye of Count Eusebi Guell, a wealthy Catalan who would become one of Gaudi's most important patrons.
Chair designed by Gaudi, from Casa Calvert
Now, allow me to divert ... for here's another example of the "Barcelona" as mentioned by .BLAUGRANA.
Back to Gaudi. Among his unfinished projects, there was the Hotel Attracion for my hometown.
The Oven Restaurant in Barcelona has hosted the exhibition “Hotel Attraction”, based on the project Gaudí conceived for New York City some 90 years ago and which the graphic designer Marc Mascort has recreated in 3D images virtually.
Sketch idea of the Hotel Attraction. Image Source : Aire Speciale.
The Gaudi building as imagined behind the World Financial Center, c. 1908
Gaudí designed this large hotel between 1908 and 1911, commissioned by some North American business people. Boasting fully Gaudinian forms, with a profusion of parabolic arches and conoidal cupolas, the project came to light thanks to Llorenç Matamala, Gaudí’s friend and collaborator.
Gaudi's bedroom, Gaudi House, Barcelona
Gaudi’s house, which can be visited within the otherwise free Parc Guell for a small cost, exhibits furniture designed by the great man and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of the enigmatic architect.
What's more, a man whose designs are of such opulence chose to sleep in a space so austere. Food for thought?