• Project owner: Van Cleef & Arpels 
  • Location: 77 de Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona
  • Project: 6 panel-fresco framed and set in the store's street-side window display 
  • Surface area: 3 panels measuring 0,64 x 1,42m and 3 panels measuring 0,64x0,77m 
  • Delivery: June 2023

The Maison Van Cleef & Arpels have set up their new store on one of the most famous shopping avenues in Barcelona : the Paseo de Gracia. The store sits in a building steeped in local architecture, adjoined by two forged metal doors and framed by a number of well-known buildings, such as Gaudi’s Casa Battlō. The store’s very large window display, that opens out onto the street is comprised of 3 sections, each set in 3 micro-mosaic frescos. 

Inspired by Gaudi’s work found in the Güell park, and tying into the enchanted and poetic spirit of time in the Maison, I created a Trencadís mosaic, set and stuck by hand, piece by piece, in an infinite amount of different tones in molten glass ; velvet nudes, powdery pink, white and gold form an ensemble of clouds. Highlighting the window displays like a jewelry box, the transparent, opalescent, mat and brilliant tesserae play with the lights of the city, very much in the same way as rays of sunlight play through the clouds between light and shade.