Palau de la Musica

Palau de la Musica – masterpiece of Catalan Art Nouveau architecture

Have you ever experienced the feeling of arriving home with the last acquisition for your house?

When I bought my new crockery I laid it all out on the table. Looking at these modern white plates I thought about my old mismatched ones. What should I do with them?

Upgrading broken tiles - Trencadis detail

Upgrading broken tiles – Trencadis detail

In Greece they smash plates to ward off bad luck, should I do it with mine? I looked up and saw the tiled wall in my kitchen with its beautiful flower frieze. The last flower tile was split because there was no more space. What had happened to the leftover?

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Catalonia produces ceramics since the 16th century; I especially recommend visiting the town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, one of the leading pottery centers in Catalonia. With the hundreds of Catalan ceramic industries, what happens to the broken tiles?

Last century, Art Nouveau or Modernisme artists had the solution for the odds and ends of broken tiles; they reused them to create colorful mosaics covering irregular shapes inspired by the forms of nature. This technique was called trencadís (the broken tile).

Give a second chance to old tiles that you would throw away. You can transform them into jewelry, seats, tables,… become a lover of Art Nouveau!

In Barcelona Guide Bureau we are experts in Modernisme. For our 25th anniversary we have created an image with a detail of trencadís from the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Come and discover the Palau de la Música with us, where you will see the renaissance of broken ceramic pieces into a stunning mosaic of colors.

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