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LOOK INTO THE ART AND CULTURE OF EMPORDÀ THROUGH ITS CHARACTERS

Carla Zaplana

NUTRITIONIST AND HEALTH MENTOR

By Lluca Rullan Photo Harold Abellan

Despite her young age, Carla Zaplana has a long track record in the world of nutrition and is a pioneer in the field of healthy living. Originally from the Empordà, Carla set off for the United States after finishing university. While in the US, she devoured the latest in the world of nutrition and healthy eating. She is the author of six books: Green Juices, Green Smoothies, Superfoods, Clean Eating, The Wooden House, and Intermittent Fasting, hot off the press.

Antoni Vila Casas

THE LAST ENLIGHTENED BOURGEOIS

By Eudald Camps Photo Consuelo Bautista

A pharmacist, collector, cultural promoter, and founder and current president of the Foundation that bears his name, Antoni Vila Casas is one of the most prominent cultural figures in Catalonia. First, for his philanthropic work, but also for a keen vision of the social and political reality of a Catalonia that runs the risk of disappearing in spite of its dreams of becoming an enlightened state. His connection with the Empordà area has been strong since the early 1960s. In fact, the Foundation's first headquarters was the Palau Solterra in Torroella de Montgrí, followed by the Can Mario Sculpture Museum in Palafrugell. Barcelona came later. Vila Casas has kindly welcomed us to the offices of Espais Volart in Barcelona, where we are taking the opportunity to discuss the incredible donation he made to the struggling Miró Foundation.

Marina Garcés

PHILOSOPHY HAS THE POWER TO CURE US FROM FALSE PROBLEMS

By Ignasi Rifé Photo Andrea Ferrés

Marina Garcés Mascareñas (Barcelona, ​​1973), filósofa y ensayista catalana. Uno de los conceptos centrales de su pensamiento es la búsqueda de lo común en el camino de desarrollar alternativas para enfrentarnos a las crisis actuales. Defensa la filosofía como una forma de vida, un arte que nace en la calle y que continúa sin interrupción en el espacio íntimo e invisible. Recientemente ha publicado 'Escuela de aprendices' (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020).

Pat Bros

A COMMITTED LOCAL FISHERWOMAN

By Lola Puig Photo Javier Almar

Men typically crew offshore fishing boats. We may sometimes see a woman handling nets in the port, but rarely on board a ship. Originally from Colera, Pat Bros, @patbrosp, is one of the few fisherwomen plying her trade around the Cap de Creus. I had the pleasure of meeting a young, passionate woman whose eyes shine when she talks about the sea.

Pia Capdevila

ADAPTATION TO NEEDS

By Redacció

En el estudio de Pia Capdevila se dedican a diseñar ilusiones y, aunque pueda sonar a un simple y bonito juego de palabras, lo cierto es que la filosofía de la interiorista va de esto, de hacer realidad los sueños de sus clientes a la hora de crear nuevos espacios, ya sea una casa, un lugar de trabajo, un ‘show-room’ o un hotel. Ella y su equipo saben cómo trasladar esos deseos, esas necesidades a un escenario real y concreto que se puede ver, tocar y, sobre todo, vivir y disfrutar.

Despiral

IF THERE'S NO FEELING BEHIND A BRAND, THERE'S NOTHING

By Carrot Cake Studio

For 27 years Jordi Bayé has been running Despiral, one of Girona's leading boutiques. Driven by a constant search for improvement and backed by a trustworthy team, Bayé has shaped an offering that combines sophistication and excellence. You offer footwear, bags, crafts, perfumes, and all kinds of accessories, yet I get the feeling that Despiral's offer goes much further. Our store is an experience. The added value we offer is personalized treatment and advice. We offer quality, something that is timeless and durable. 

Sivana

A BEACH, FOREST, AND EXPERIENCE-FILLED OASIS

By Redacció

In a never-ending race towards meaningless success, an absurd accumulation of material goods, and experiences that only bring ephemeral  happiness, more and more people are looking to get out of this mindset, people like Miquel and Guillem who are unique, closer, and more authentic. It's not a coincidence that the brand that encompasses their projects is called Sivana, which means “oasis” or “enlightenment of the mind” in Sanskrit. That's what Sivana aims to be: a pause, living in the present with modesty and consciousness to connect people with others and with their surroundings.

Mas de Torrent

WHERE LUXURY MEETS PEACE OF MIND

By Laura Masó

The harmony of the spaces envelops you, first outside then inside. You have arrived at Mas de Torrent, a 17th century farmhouse located in the heart of the Empordanet. Cozily nestled between the sea and urban life, Mas de Torrent’s clarity, light, and simplicity surround you at all times as does the character of its arches and stone walls, solid furniture made from natural materials, and numerous verdant areas.

L’Horta de la Mercè

10 YEARS OF TOMATOES OF 100 COLORS

By Lola Puig Photo Andrea Ferrés

The Empordà is full of charming spots, unique characters, and hidden places with great love for the land and sustainable values. Our region is the perfect place to take part in the farm-to-table and slow food movements. David and Imma have created an oasis of good, pure, and fair food with a wide array of colors.

The creative movement of Lluís Lleó

«FOR ME, EMPORDÀ IS SYNONYM OF REFUGE ...»

By Eudald Camps Photo Martin Crook i Andrea Ferrés

Lluís Lleó’s (Barcelona, 1962) artistic path swings between apparently irreconcilable extremes. This forms the core of his creative adventure: trying to pacify the contradictions of the artistic battleground. In the summer of 2017 he installed a series of sculptures in Park Avenue, NY, which would exemplify his concept of ‘swaying’: between painting and sculpture, between rigorous tradition and radical modernity, between the memories of Empordà and the contemporary city, trapped in a present without a past. Patient artisanal work as opposed to the use of the latest technology to achieve monumental registers. We insist however that these dualities involve only apparent contradictions, for Lluís Lleó invents impossible dialogues, which is a high-risk strategy these days.