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Funky Friday: The 5 Funkiest Things About the Lobby at Hotel Barcelo Raval

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  Site Where: Rambla del Raval 17-21, 08001 Barcelona
March 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Barcelona is one of Europe's great cultural hubs that celebrates design and freedom of self expression. While we can probably all agree that 'anything goes' in 21st century hotel design, it is certainly going on in Barcelona. Hoteliers and designers shed their (aesthetic) inhibitions here, resulting in one new or radically improved hotel after another that just has no precedent. The Hotel Barcelo Raval is a perfect example and is the zesty subject of this week's Funky Friday.

The interiors of Barcelo Raval are chock full of verve and must have been fun to design. In the lobby especially, there are so many seemingly unrelated parts to this visual and textural extravaganza, you really have to stand back and take it all in. It is a look that is hard to put a label on -- the hotel refers to is as "urban chic" -- like we said, it is hard to define. Whatever style this represents, it originated from a team of freethinking interior designers at Jordi Gali Estudi.

Rather than attempting to explain the "why" of the things we are seeing -- because we cannot explain them -- we can point and wonder about some of the prominent features of this design.

Here is our list of the 5 funkiest things about the lobby at Barcelo Raval:

1. The stringy ceiling -- most unusual, must be tough to dust;

2. The electric raspberry accent color -- also comes in electric purple;

3. The jumbo lamp shades with the historic pattern (and color) more akin to Downton Abbey;

4. The horsie lamp sculpture -- and there are other animals in the house;

5. The glittery circular wall with the cutout, booth style seating -- kinda night clubby but certain to attract night clubbers

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Photo: Hotel Barcelo Raval

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