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Joan Busquets i Jané, Arquimesa

Joan Busquets i Jané, Secretaire

One of the values of the museum’s collection of furniture are its pieces which epitomise the bourgeois ideals of the time, in addition to displaying the lush interiors of emblematic town houses. Several pieces in the collection are divided into three spaces: the Busquets Room, the Homar Room, and the Gaudí Room. These rooms display designs from the most prestigious artisanal workshops of Modernist Barcelona, whose work had an unprecedented success amongst society members of the time.

Many of these pieces, from large escritoires to delicate cabinets, tables and mirrors, formed part of such significant buildings as  the Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Fargas and the now defunct Casa Trinxet. They were a symbol of the communion between original design and creativity by the artist, on the one hand, and the new techniques which the city’s workshops developed, fusing the European Modernist example style with traditional Catalan techniques.

Gaspar Homar Mezquida, Plafó decoratiu

Gaspar Homar Mezquida, Marquetry panel

The Gaudí Room brings together a series of furniture which the great architect Antoni Gaudí designed, following the concepts of functionality and ergonomics on which he based his work. Many of these designs decorated the buildings that he himself had designed, such as the furniture inside the Casa Batlló, the Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Calvet, as well as highly-original small pieces of decorative art. The Busquets Room, on the other hand, combines a series of furniture with the stamp of the Casa Busquets, highly successful among the Catalan bourgeoisie of the time. This space hosts designs mainly by Joan Busquets, one of the most prolific members of this family whose devotion to woodcarving and marquetry became legendary. The Homar Room summarises Gaspar Homar’s – whose workshop enjoyed great prosperity – idea of Modernism; his pieces reflect a perfect symbiosis of the purest of Modernist lines, along with the influence of medieval art and popular cultural traits.

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, Sofà de la Casa Batlló

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, Casa Batlló’s sofa

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