Walking through the center of Barcelona it is easy to discover curious facades where we can observe the result of the technique of sgraffito. It looks like tattoos that decorate with originality some modernist buildings of the late nineteenth century, a period in which bourgeois families gave to know the rest of society its category and successes by contracting illustrious masters and architects to build their houses, such as Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí
The sgraffito is an ornamental technique used both in architecture and other arts, whose origin is very old as it has been used by civilizations since the fourth millennium BC.
The term has an Italian origin (sgraffiare) and consists of making incisions or scratching –with a tool called stylet– a part of the wall or object in such a way as to expose the inner layer.
Do you remember when we were children we covered a white cardboard with waxes of all colors to cover it then with black?
Then we left our children’s imagination free by scratching the black wax layer with a stick uncovering the colors that were hidden for a moment. Without knowing it, as a children we used the technique of sgraffito …
Currently, perhaps inspired by that technique we used as children, it seems magical to see the great decorations on some of the facades of Barcelona that seem to tell the story of the era in which they were created.
Buildings like those we find in:
Rambla del Prat 27
Bailèn Street 3
Plaza Comercial 1 close to Mercat del Born
In Barceloning we have translate those decoration motifs of the facades to some of our products, because as it could not be otherwise, Barcelona is our muse and our wish is to bring it closer to all of you.