If you’re for someone that can transform your design dream into reality, YLAB Arquitectos might be the right name to tell your narrative! The well-established Spanish design firm is a full service architectural company, specialized in modern and contemporary desing. With a wide portfolio of commercial and private design projects, YLAB offers a range of technical and management services in order to fulfil the clients’ needs and wishes.
The architectural design company‘s portfolio includes commercial projecrs as the Zeiss Shop System in Spain or the Joia Jewelry store concept for China; corporate projects as the global office concept for the insurance company ANV; or hospitality and residential projects such as private apartments or single family houses, among others.
Being one of the most important design studios in Spain,YLAB was founded by Tobias Laarmann and Yolanda Yuste. The team offers architectural, interior design, management and consulting services in residential, commercial, hospitality and corporate design projects, acting as a single point of contact and managing projects from conception to completion on time and within budget.
Today, Inspirations Blog will tell you all about the stunning Contemporary Styled Apartment in Barcelona, including where the company bought their coveted lighting fixture!
Yolanda Yuste studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. After transferring to the Technical University of Braunschweig, in Germany, she continued Industrial Engineering and added Architecture to her studies. Later, staying in Berlin, she graduated from the University of Arts in 2001 and started working for international architectural offices like Renzo Piano/Kohlbecker, Jean Nouvel, Pysall.Ruge and Alusi Design; developing exposition design for the German Expo 2000 Pavilion in Hannover or working at projects like the Debis tower at the Potsdamer Platz, the Galeries Lafayette or the Canada House Building in Berlin. In 2003 she moved to Barcelona to found an associated studio with Tobias Laarmann, working on architecture and interior design projects like the Vodafone and Zeiss Shop Systems, the Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona and the Hotel Spa Vichy Catalan in Caldes de Malavella, Girona.
Tobias Laarmann studied Architecture at the University of Dortmund and the Berlin University of Arts where he graduated in 2000.He started his career teaching at the Berlin University of Arts and working for the studio MBA, a partner office of Foster and Partners in Berlin, designing corporate office buildings for companies as SAP AG, Aachen Münchener and Thuringia Generali Insurance, among others. In 2003 his career leads him to Barcelona in Spain, where only a few months later he founded his own studio together with Yolanda Yuste; offering services to architectural offices and working on projects like the Court Building in Sant Boi, the Barcelona Forum 2004, the Layetana Headquarters, the Valencia Trade Fair, the Chic&Basic hotel in Barcelona or the Tourist Port in Fugee, Taiwan. In 2005 he began teaching at the IaaC, Catalonian Institute of Architecture.
Contemporary means ‘at the moment’, which makes this style particularly hard to define. Dating back to the 1970s, this style is unique because it borrows elements from many other aesthetics. In it, you can see nods to modern, traditional, art deco and even futuristic design. At the end, it means that contemporary style is always evolving, and the team does its best to be always updated with the latest design trends. Nowadays, it can be defined by neutral colors, clean an curved lines and minimalism. Open spaces are also a strong architecture feature, that we can see here!
Actually, layering plenty of light throughout the room is one of the main features of contemporary design, an element imported from another aesthetics, in this case, from mid-century modern desing. The design firm, knows exactly the best materials, concepts, lighting and furnishing elements you’ve been looking for, to provide a final result that is the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality.
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“At the other corner of the house is the master bedroom, with the gallery to the inner courtyard of the block. The bedroom contains a customized bed with an upholstered headboard finished in graphite and black lamps on both sides of the bed. The glass chandelier hanging over the bed and the gold framed photos are old pieces”, describes the design firm.