Saa'i Travel Chronicles; Barcelona
“The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God” - Antoni Gaudi
At Saa’i we appreciate beautiful designs and are forever searching for new inspirations. So obviously we were awed by the magnitude of creativity that our trip to Barcelona presented. It is always fascinating when travelling to see different cultures exhibited through the buildings.
Barcelona is known for its stunning architecture. From the old to the new, everywhere you turn is a new art piece disguised as a building. Although our inspiration mainly comes from the Ottoman period, the architecture in Barcelona consists of everything that we adore and incorporate into our pieces - lines, shapes, texture and colour, all blended together to create something truly unique and incredible.
I can’t talk about Barcelona and architecture without discussing Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. Those of you that have been and had the pleasure of seeing his amazing works, know that they are just out of this world.
"Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature" - Anthony Gaudi
Gaudi studied geometry at a young age and enjoyed it so much that he went on to incorporate it into some of the most famous structures in the world. He was also highly interested in the study of nature which he used to influence his perception of geometry. He explored everything from plane geometry and spatial geometry to ruled geometry. This is reflected in all of his works and helped him create exceptional structures.
The Sagrada Familia is the perfect example of using geometry to create something divine.
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is to this day the most spectacular piece of architecture I have ever seen. It is hard to comprehend how intricately it has been designed and the detail that has gone into creating this place. Both the interior and exterior have been created to leave the viewer stunned, I can’t imagine how long it would take to inspect each part and appreciate it as it deserves. In this piece, Gaudi used his knowledge of geometry to create hyperboloid structures and geometrically shaped tops.
The geometry, use of shapes and minimalistic features are all staple parts of the Saa’i brand. Although we could never dream to create anything alike to the Sagrada Familia, we share a love for geometry and truly one of a kind item.
Quality, creativity and passion – all that is required to turn beautiful concepts into reality.
I really felt like our watches belong in the streets of Barcelona, as though they have a shared history. I cannot wait to return and explore more of Spain.
Have any of you visited? If so, what was your favourite Gaudi work? We would love to know so that we can visit next time, so feel free to leave us a comment or tweet us at @saai_timepieces.