Friday five – Design i sentrum

For this weeks Friday five, we’ve decided to introduce Design i sentrum, and give you a better idea of who we are, what we’re about, and what we do. Enjoy!

Friday five take 1: Design i sentrum is an interior architecture and design studio based in Barcelona and Oslo. We work in interior architecture, design and lighting design, and are affiliated with many interesting partners in related industries in Norway and Spain. To us, the design is central – hence the Norwegian name Design i sentrum.
In our work we’re inspired by many things, but above all, by nature. The design of our logo derives from the Fibonacci numbers; a sequence of numbers that generate the Fibonacci spiral and what is known as the golden section. May sound complex, but Fibonacci basically introduced a system that shows how many forms that we see in nature (in branching of trees, the fruitlets of a pineapple or the flowering of an artichoke) are actually based on a mathematically explained sequence. So, we use it in our logo, not only because it’s nice to look at (the golden section is supposedly a ratio very pleasing to the human eye), but also because within it we see a link to nature, and last but not least, combining the spirals introduces numerous new and inspiring forms, and makes for a wonderful design tool.
For those interested, the sequence of numbers is 1,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144

Friday five take 2: I’m an interior architect MNIL and the founder of Design i sentrum. Here in one of my favorite chairs, Barcelona by Mies van der Rohe, I thought maybe an introduction would be in place.
I’m Norwegian, but I’ve spent the last two and a half years of my life in Barcelona, setting up my company. I’ve been super busy recently getting everything up and running; the website, the blog, and most importantly I’ve been designing and working around the clock with my many and interesting collaborative partners. Starting on your own is hard work, but it’s also very exciting, and when the results start showing, it’s so worth it. And, I’m pleased to announce that I will also be introducing a new member of staff to the company just over Christmas. To get a better idea of what we do, check out or website, or simply stay tuned. Lots more information and design coming your way through this channel shortly. Thank you so much for all your support, for following, liking and commenting! Means so much!

Friday five take 3: I’m passionate about all design, but I’m an interior architect at heart. I love working closely with architects on big scale projects and interacting with clients – in projects big or small – to ensure the best possible outcome. Being creative is all about seeing, questioning, learning, evaluating, enhancing and creating. This job requires skill, but also heart. The complexity is what draws me in.
This is a sink I once designed for a demonstration kitchen. The whole kitchen was bespoke as the space was complicated, and the aim was to provide the perfect backdrop for product presentation, the client being a food production company. My conceptual approach was to create a canvas on which the product could be presented and allowed to stand out – white and neutral. To see more of what we’ve done, have a look at our portfolio.

Friday five take 4: I’m passionate about design and architecture, but also the communication of these. I design for my client, not for myself. I believe the design should be in the centre (again, hence the name Design i sentrum), and that the success of the design depends on the client. After all, if the client isn’t happy, how can the design be successful?
I communicate my ideas and inspirations through photographs, and through my blog. Interaction and response fuels me, in the same way that human beings are the ones breathing life into architecture.

I chose this photo to convey this because I know (since my friend works at the CCCB and could tell me) that the architects in their aim to preserve some of the original windows of the facade, whilst having to make some profound changes in the interior, left the outline of the original windows visible. Still, they only actually inserted glass in a new and modern pattern making up the name CCCB. The result? An interesting juxtaposition of new and old, history catching up with present time, and we get to see a graphic contemporary expression on a traditional building. I didn’t see that before she told me, and now I’m telling you. Architecture isn’t for the intellectuals, it’s just storytelling…
PS: I love how the shadows of the trees play on the facade, drawing new stories every day…

Friday five take 5: Such a big part of what I do is observe. I love looking at what other architects and designers have done – it’s the perfect way to learn!
I want to offer you the possibility to discover, explore and enjoy Barcelonawith Design i sentrum. We collaborate with local architects and designers that also love exploring their own city and that are passionate about sharing it with you. Alongside them we’re offering you architectural tours and information packages. Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends or for work, whether you’re visiting for the first or the tenth time – we would love to help make your stay a memorable one!
And apropos the interaction I mentioned in my last post – I was tipped off by fellow instagrammer @studiohoglundform about this amazingly cool place in Barcelona.
(Thanks ;-))
Flash Flash first opened in 1969 with a unique design created by the architects Federico Correa and Alfonso Míla, and the amazing thing is, the design is the same today! An awesome place to visit, and if you’re feeling peckish; try the tortilla patata. It’s like a Spanish omelette, but here they pride themselves in making them ‘como en casa’, which basically means as good as the one your mum makes. Should you be in the neighborhood, I highly recommend you stop by, and the tortilla patata really is amazingly good.

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