6 non-touristy souvenirs made in Spain
We don’t tend to encourage our guests to do a lot of shopping, but because occasionally someone wants to take a gift back home or treat themselves to something special from Barcelona, we decided to sell some of the things we have in our apartments. That way you get to try them out while you stay with us and if you like, take something home with you. We selected all the objects based on quality, usefulness, aesthetics and because we know exactly who made them. All of them are locally made from eco-friendly materials. Here are some of our best-sellers.
The Ecophonic speaker
UNO by Ecophonic is a wireless speaker, made from FSC certified Spanish chestnut. It is durable and batteryless, which makes it great to take on a trip. It also serves as a dock for your smartphone. Fully biodegradable, this is a speaker that doesn’t end up as e-waste anywhere.
33€. Also available via their web site.
Bas Barcelona flower pots
Xènia makes these gorgeous flowerpots using local clay in Gracia, a Barcelona neighbourhood that’s worth a visit. According to the artisan, each type of plant deserves a special pot. The cute little ones are for smaller plants that like plenty of light. Others protects slow growing plants, like succulents, from too much sunlight and drafts. Each pot has an integrated plate and comes in a sturdy box for you to take this locally made souvenir home.
30-84€ depending on the model. You can order yours directly from Bas Barcelona.
Prints by Patrick Thomas
Patrick is an iconographiste; he uses icons to comment on society and politics. The British artist lives between Berlin and Barcelona (not bad, right?). The Hearts you can enjoy at ours have been printed by him on found targets in the Poblenou district of Barcelona. It is a limited edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist himself. “Africa” is a map that was printed in Barcelona on 250 gsm Somerset Velvet white. It is an edition of 250 prints, signed and numbered.
182-251€ (Heart), 272€ (Africa). Follow @xpatrickthomas to see what he’s up to these days or visit patrickthomas.com.
Yes indeed, this ceiling lamp is made from a reused wine bottle. Lucia cuts the glass in her studio in Poblenou and finishes the lamp of with a beautiful copper shield. It comes flat-pack and is ready to install.
205€ Visit Lucirmás for more products handmade from upcycled glass.
Back To Eco have a cool new concept store around the corner from us, where they make, amongst other things, these slippers from recycled denim. They come in 4 different sizes and are perfect for travelling. Visit their store on c/Pau Claris 91 (5 min. walk from yök) for more products.
Perchök, our hanger
Last but not least, is our own social design, handmade by former homeless people in the Gótico. The hanger is made from upcycled wood and all the money goes to Fundació Arrels.
45€ Please read our blogpost for the full story on the Perchök.