The Production Designer: Antxón Gómez
Pedro Almodóvar’s cinematic magic owes much to the visuals of his longtime art director and production designer Antxón Gómez, whose Almodóvar credits range from the current hit, Broken Embraces, to 1999’s All About My Mother, which was set in Barcelona. “This city is a mosaic,” he says. “Sun, art, design, history, food, with the backdrop of soft hills and the sea.” In the 1980’s, Gómez helped launch such iconic nightspots as the now-defunct Zig Zag Bar, Barcelona’s first real design bar, and the legendary club Otto Zutz (drinks for two $28). These days, he might also be spotted at the chic Mon Key Club at Hotel Omm (drinks for two $30), dapper in clothes and accessories from the Outpost or Muntaner 385. Among his favorite Barcelona attractions: rambles in the Gaudí-designed Parc Güell and tapas at the crowded counter of Cal Pep (lunch for two $88).
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The Gallerist: Natalia Foguet
Contemporary art dealer Natalia Foguet is a patriot of her neighborhood, Gràcia, where her eclectic Galería Safia has been showing the work of emerging international artists for over a decade. “Gràcia has preserved a small-town vibe,” she says, and is full of pedestrian lanes and small plazas where old-world vermouth bodegas like Vermutería del Tano (drinks for two $15) coexist with boho-chic shops like the fashion boutique Naftalina (34/93-237-2567). She also recommends the whimsical traditional toys at Bateau Lune and stylish haircuts at Anthony Llobet Salon, which is staffed with multilingual, London-trained stylists.