In 1972, a group of young architects and designers from Barcelona started BD. Our aim was to produce and market furniture and objects for our own projects, with complete creative freedom and design criteria—both in shape and in function—that was different from the sector norm.
Spanish Design Pioneers
We began coming up with designs, inspired by our contemporaries, from Ettore Sottsass in Italy to Álvaro Siza Viera in Portugal. Here in Spain, we were supported by those seeking something other than what was on the market at the time. These early pieces helped bring international recognition to the country’s design scene, and many of them still exist today.
For a long time, our commercial name was BD Ediciones de Diseño. The company was unlike other furniture manufacturers, difficult to categorise because of the diversity of our catalogue. This eclecticism and the space to tap into all corners of our imagination—plus quality manufacturing—continues to be the hallmark of the company.
Our founders (still the owners) come from the world of culture rather than business, and have always sought out beauty above all else. In production, this has meant combining artisan processes with industrial technologies, valuing well-made, luxurious objects, and distancing ourselves from mass production.
Architecture is in our blood, and we still approach design with the mentality of an architect. Whether it be for an interior and exterior, we carefully consider the needs of each and every project.
The most sustainable design is one that lasts through time, or has an emotional value which can be inherited by new objects. In projects such as REmix, we reuse leftovers generated during the production processes, thereby giving them a new life, and encourage other manufacturers to do the same.
Old and New
As we celebrate our 50th year, we’re going forward with the same nonconformist spirit we had at the outset. We work with some of the greatest designers on the planet, and others who will soon be, to continue learning and surprising ourselves every year.
Sum of Parts
The BD brand has been enriched by all the designs we’ve produced. The result is a sum of many things—memory, tradition, and respect for the classics, as well as talent, innovation, a sense of humour, and a lot of imagination.
Barcelona to the World
We produce in Barcelona to furnish unique spaces around the world, both for the home and for offices, hotels, restaurants, and public places. We are present in over 60 countries, at the best design shops and art galleries, working alongside the most avant-garde interior design and architecture studios.
Recognised and Appreciated
Our work has been recognised with numerous national and international awards, including the most highly acclaimed in our sector: the National Design Award in 1989, and the European Community Design Prize in 1990, in addition to numerous Gold Deltas from ADI FAD and the Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best in 2011.