The Catalan architect and designer Antoni Bonet Castellano may possibly be forever recognized as a designer of the Butterfly Chair (officially, the BKF Chair), but Bonet had a grander, if lesser-recognized jewel in his crown, as properly, residing on the outskirts of Barcelona.
Casa Gomis, a sprawling Modernist summer season season property, was produced for Ricardo Gomis and his wife Inés Bertrand Mata, a couple so besotted with the architect, then residing in Argentina, that they sought his suppliers across continents. Bonet accepted the prolonged-distance commission, and over a 10-yr time period—1953 to 1963—Casa Gomis came into dazzling concentrate.
Sitting amid a lush parcel of land, Casa Gomis’ minimal, horizontal profile, open floor plan, and unobstructed views afforded by walls of glass carry on to be classic hallmarks of Modernism, of course. But Bonet ensured the home’s singular character with beguiling touches: a softly undulating roof—fittingly comprised of Catalan vaults—and decorative masonry latticework, embedded with colored glass.
Nonetheless in the hands of the Gomis family, Casa Gomis emits the faded, melancholic attractiveness of great homes that are no longer residences, but which—like all outstanding beauties—deal with to retain their allure in spite of the passage of time.
Pictures: Salva Lopez Hyperbole