today’s first sneak peeks give us an inside look at the triple treat behind the barcelona-based multi-talented design and pattern boutique, alan the gallant. alex bedoya makes up the “al” in ALan and heads up the business development side of things. originally from ecuador, alex has lived a bit of a nomadic life with time in california, miami, new york and now barcelona has been “home” for the last 8 years (along with ana, they are now in charge of the luxe city guide for barcelona). the xixample, the area where she lives, was constructed in the 19th and early 20th century, is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chamfered corners. she jokes, “i am surrounded by patterns; no wonder our new brand pattern tales was a no-brainer!” [thanks, alex!] –anne
[above: My building has been completely renovated but the original fixtures have been preserved: beautiful high ceilings, a marble entrance, mosaic floors and incredible views, especially when the sun shines onto the interior patio. Living in this historic area, inspiration comes daily.]
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Throughout my life, I have collected bits and pieces from everywhere. My most precious object is an original lithograph from GuayasamÌn, my favourite Ecuadorean artist. Every single time I see it, it reminds me of my origins and adventures; it has followed me everywhere.
Funny how Ana, Lourdes and I have the same colours. The chairs are all from different small shops in Barcelona. The red one used to belong to a famous Spanish pop singer, who had it in her private bathroom… how kinky.
My favourite place is the remodeled fireplace, with its old original marble finishes. The living room has a tiny balcony facing a lovely interior patio. It’s so spread out, and I love the fresh air and sunlight in the afternoon.