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yok Perchok Barcelona design

The Perchök, social design made in Barcelona

We are launching our first product this month, the Perchök. It is a hanger for people who have a wall to install it on, made by people who experienced homelessness. Having a purpose and feeling useful is crucial to leaving life on […]

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Long live our sofa thanks to the upholsterer

This is Rocio, the wonderful upholsterer and furniture restorer from across the street from us in El Born. Thanks to her, the sofa in Casa A is nice and soft again. Apologies to all our guests who sat a little hard the […]

upcycled Bidon lamp design

DIY Bidon Lamp workshop

To celebrate this year’s Barcelona Design Week, we hosted a DIY Bidon Lamp workshop on our terrace! Guests and Barcelonians could make their own lamp from an upcycled jerrycan while enjoying the view, a Segareta beer and eachother’s company.

Upcycled kitchens made from local materials are made to last.

The kitchens at yök Casa + Cultura are designed to look like a nice piece of furniture, because they are situated in the living room, as guests tend not to cook 5 course meals but rather prepare easy meals and breakfasts. The floating effect […]

Upcycled stools by designer Curro Claret and Arrels Fundació

A couple of years ago I came across Catalan designer Curro Claret’s upcycled shop design for Camper, fabricated by former homeless people. So when we needed 16 bedside tables for yök Casa + Cultura, we called Curro Claret, and he got to work, together with […]

All the details about our green office in Barcelona

The eco-renovation of yök Casa + Cultura is still in full swing but this week we moved into our office. This small (35m2) yet multi-functional space, equipped with a kitchen and toilet, serves as our reception as well as event space. The best thing […]

yok washbasins eco-friendly

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the eco-friendliest of them washbasins?

I would like to share with you our reasoning behind choosing the sinks for our bathrooms at yök Casa + Cultura. The ninth point of our manifesto explains our criteria quite well: 9. Apply good design (useful, beautiful, fun, detailed, eco-friendly, functional, affordable, long-lasting, honest, […]

(down)cycling old walls and preserving for the future

At yök Casa + Cultura’s eco-renovation, recyclability is one of the key factors. Even though we didn’t want to throw anything away, some of the original partition walls had to go in order to fit the distribution to our current lives, creating smaller apartments with […]

Cool souvenirs made in Spain

These are the kind of things we want you to be able to find at yök; made in Spain and with a history. The muñecos de futbolín are original table football figurines, upcycled into fridge magnets. Alegría Industries works with the Spanish industry to […]

Small space storage idea: A Jar On the Wall

A simple idea! A Jar On the Wall by Aventurina (the House of Glass) in Can Fusteret.  

The Barcelona Chair by Mies Van Der Rohe

Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, 1950ies. If you can’t find sustainably-made furniture, go second hand/vintage! There’s plenty of stuff out there; who needs more?  

Gallery acts as Bed & Breakfast

Jewelry and product designer Sofie Lachaert runs a gallery in Tielrode, Belgium, specialising in vintage and modern pieces. The gallery also has two guest rooms that she runs as a bed and breakfast. Go to Remodelista for a full photo report of this unique interior […]

Upcycled PET Lamp Project

Not everything needs to be local all the time. Here is the amazing PET Lamp Project all the way from Colombia, dealing with the problem of plastic waste, the disappearing of an ancient artisan textile craft and refugees from the guerilla war, […]

Rescued Barcelona tiles

For those of you in love with the Barcelona tiles, check out Alberto Twose’s Tumblr. This is where he publishes his tiles, complete with year of production and location. Alberto Twose is also a man on a mission. At his house he now has […]

Upcycled old drawers

We like the upcycled furniture by Reborn Recraft Atelier in the Born (Barcelona). Old drawers have plenty of after-life possibilities, like the Cojonuda Table by Pöko Design.