ISSUE 85  |  Travels with an Editor: Barcelona

Shopper’s Diary: Arxe in Barcelona

August 16, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Founded by Gloria Margenat in Barcelona in 2008, Arxe is a design studio focused on creating furniture and one-of-a-kind textiles for the home out of salvaged industrial materials. The principals “search across Europe to find antique furniture and old industrial materials–wood, leather, iron, steel, and textiles,” which they bring back to their Barcelona warehouse to be refashioned into one-off or limited-edition pieces (such as the Double Duty Beach Towel, available at Anthropologie). To see more of the studio’s work, go to Arxe; a small selection of their work is offered for sale in Barcelona at the Woki Organic Market, which the studio also designed.

Above: Arxe’s small shop annex in Barcelona, located on the premises of the Woki Organic Market.

Above: Drawers made from salvaged office furniture.

Above: A wall-mountable utensil holder.

Above: Bags made from vintage flour sacks.

Above: Clipboards serve as signage in the market.

Above: The cafe seating area features shelving made from salvaged wood and factory-style lighting.

Above: Vintage metal baskets lined in reclaimed linen.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 22, 2011.