LaNaveBCN studios” is based in the emblematic building, “Edific Freixas”, L’Hospitalet, Barcelona. It was begun as an Association of Culture of Arts in May 2007, founded by the sculptor, Sophie-Elizabeth Thompson(UK) and the potter, Paola Masi(Italy).

The project began with the need to generate new spaces for artists and creators where benefiting from a multicultural environment, the different techniques, methods and diverse forms of creativity, a creative dialogue and exchange of ideas is generated.

Edifici Freixas” is an industrial building from the 60s, originially a factory and now a microcosmos of industrial workshops along side international artists and designers.


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THE DESIGN GURU
Graham Collins
Since the 1992 Olympics, people have flocked to Barcelona in search of a new life under the sun. Among them was Collins, who switched from renovation to property guru and interior designer when the recession hit (www.grahamcollinsbcn.com ). Now he helps locals, expats and investors find and create the homes of their dreams.
While the sun, sea and light have been massively influential to his work - along with the prevalence of art nouveau and deco everywhere - what most excites him is the endless influx of new blood. “My assistant, Sophie Thompson, is an artist (www.soforbis.com) with a space called La Nave (www.lanavebcnstudios.com), where designers and artists come for six months just for the experience. Their energy provides a lot of inspiration to more long-term residents.”
Perhaps thanks to the recession, Collins says lived-in design is playing an increasingly important role everywhere here. “It’s becoming more homely and relaxed, rather than the stark, very po-faced design of a decade or so ago.””