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In This Compact Barcelona Apartment, Space Is Maximized With Smart Material Choices

Updated: Aug 25, 2017

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In the heart of Poblenou, a neighborhood in Barcelona that was once the epicenter of industry in the 19th century, rising real estate prices mean that people are finding better ways to maximize small apartments.

One such apartment is Poblenou in 3 acts. Like a play that unfolds in three scenes, this 807-square-foot apartment is divided into three functional zones that each have their own story to tell. 

Designed by Barcelona-based studio Egue y Seta, the space is sectioned into a kitchen and dining area, a living room, and a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. 

Sections of the floor are laid with Futurcret micro-concrete sections, which act as borders between the different zones, separating the AnticatoPCV oak laminate floor in the living area from the tiled floor of the kitchen. 

The kitchen, which feels like the heart of the apartment, is the opening act. Geometric-patterned, hydraulic-imitation tiles from Portuguese brand Recer in gray, mustard, and white are used for the floor, the backsplash, and for a feature wall that’s lined with tall green plants for a tropical "jungle" effect. 

A custom-made wooden dining table and kitchen counters add warmth to this act, while matte-black cabinetry with a built-in oven and blue Ikea stools and pendant lamps give the kitchen a charming, bistro-like character. 

The second act takes place in the living area, where concrete walls combine with a floor and recessed wall of oak laminate, a black entertainment console, and custom-made shelves. 

A Vivonia sofa and coffee table, B&B Italia shag rug by Sukhi, and an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman set the stage for comfortable lounging.

Micro-concrete and Anticato PCV oak laminate is also used in the third act—the bedroom—which has a recessed wall composed of micro-concrete on the top half and oak laminate on the lower half, creating the illusion of a wooden headboard. 

Discreet black shelving units are built into the walls and simple and affordable furniture and accessories, including an Ikea bed, cushions and a pouf from Zara home, and a yellow Maisons du Monde side table, allow the wonderful textures of the concrete and faux wood to shine. 

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