Also called Casa dels Ossos (House of the Bones) or dels Badalls (House of the Yawns) the Batlló house, at Passeig de Gràcia 43, is widely represented in the museum, where the original doors and furniture, made in the workshop of the cabinetmaker Casas i Bardés, following the guidelines of Antoni Gaudí, are conserved. The undulating, sinuous and biomorphic shapes of this decoration already form part of contemporary art.
Josep Batlló, owner of the building, asked Antoni Gaudí to reform the existing property. Gaudí constructed a main floor with independent access, rebuilt the staircase and interior courtyard, which he covered with blue and white tiles, as well as covering the old façade with a new one with trencadís (small broken tiles) or fragments of coloured glass. He also placed new railings on the balconies, a gallery on the main floor and crowned the house with a double roofing. In short, it makes the building look like a work by Gaudí.
In the furniture, Gaudí opted for essential lines, devoid of superfluous elements, based on materials such as wood, with its natural veins rich in textures. This Two-seat sofa, with the rounded shapes that adjust to the shape of the human body, brings together all these attributes in an example of the inventive capacity of the architect. The doors are also a good example, richly cut spirals, ridges and broken bits.
This work has been selected for the project «Partage Plus – Digitising and Enabling Art Nouveau for Europeana»