BD Barcelona Design is the Spanish company with the highest international prestige in design. What, in its foundation in 1972 was an expression of almost insolent rebellion by a group of young, unsatisfied architects, soon became a productive philosophy with a mission to break moulds, even commercial ones.
The Bocaccio Design (a clue for those who were not already in on the secret) of the Barcelona of the early seventies was created by Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, Lluís Clotet, Mireia Riera and Oscar Tusquets as a vehicle for the production of all those items of furniture, objects and accessories which could not be found in shops. It might have turned out to be nothing more than an arrogant idea, but in fact became a unique experience, offering an interpretation of design hitherto unknown in Spain: a new sensibility, a different perception of everyday objects.
We believe that this initial stimulus has become enriched over the intervening years with mixtures which, to us, appear exquisite. It is for this reason that we have published them. In this way, contemporary creations have co-existed in our catalogue with those of the great, universally admired masters, revealing our weaknesses and preferences. Siza Viera, Ettore Sottsass, Javier Mariscal, Alessandro Mendini, Konstantin Grcic, Jaime Hayón, Ross Lovegrove and Alfredo Häberli have shared space with Antoni Gaudì, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Giuseppe Terragni.
Bd’s history has been accompanied by other forms of recognition, not to mention our permanent indebtedness to those who have placed their trust in us. These include numerous Adi Fad Deltas de Oro, Spain’s 1989 National Design Award and the 1990 European Community Design Prize, all have which given us valued support, confirming as they do our manner of understanding and working in the field of design: Bd does not manufacture –it publishes. For each object, we seek the very best process, that most suited to its essence, so that each is the result of the skill and care of genuine craftsmen or of the most advanced, intelligent technology. Select parts and select manufacturers: select works. They couldn’t be otherwise, related as they are with the most intimate of environments. Consumers, too, select those friends who they will let enter their home and who will live with them.