Bd: a mere two letters. We are well aware of their enigmatic nature, their cryptic meaning for many. However, we are honoured and proud to note that, today, they are associated, albeit with that lingering uncertainty, with one of the very best design philosophies. What, in 1972 was an expression of almost insolent rebellion by a group of young, unsatisfied architects soon became a productive philosophy with a mission to break moulds, even commercial ones.
The Bocaccio Design (a clue for those who were not already in on the secret) of the Barcelona of the early seventies was created by Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, Lluís Clotet, Mireia Riera and Óscar Tusquets as a vehicle for the production of all those items of furniture, objects and accessories which could not be found in shops. It might have turned out to be nothing more than an arrogant idea, but in fact became a unique experience, offering an interpretation of design hitherto unknown in Spain: a new sensibility, a different perception of everyday objects.
We believe that this initial stimulus has become enriched over the intervening years with mixtures which, to us, appear exquisite. It is for this reason that we have published them. In this way, contemporary creations have co-existed in our catalogue with those of the great, universally admired masters, revealing our weaknesses and preferences. Siza Viera, Ettore Sottsass, Javier Mariscal, Alessanro Mendini, Miguel Milá and Pete Sans have shared space with Antoni Gaudì, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Giuseppe Terragni, Josef Hoffman or Adolf Loos in Bd’s magnificent headquarters, the Casa Thomas (1895), a Modernista building by Domènech i Montaner which was worthy winner in 1979 of Spain’s National Restoration Award.
Bd’s history has been accompanied by other forms of recognition, not to mention our permanent indebtedness to those who have placed their trust in us. These include numerous Adi Fad Deltas de Oro, Spain’s 1989 ..