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Barcelona and Manchester share more than footballing excellence: both host thriving design scenes, representatives of which will meet at BCN:MCR


Barcelona and Manchester share more than footballing excellence: both host thriving design scenes, representatives of which will meet at BCN:MCR.

Curated by Manchester-based designer David Sedgwick, whose work includes the exhibition venue 2022NQ’s identity, the BCN:MCR show, opening today (February 21) and running for two weeks, presents work by five Barcelona-based design consultancies, Hey, Lamosca, Lo Siento, Mayúscula Brands and Mucho.

Sedgwick has wanted to play pan-European design match-maker for a while. Having visited Barcelona on a number of occasions, he was “inspired by the originality and diversity of the design scene”, and noted a few parallels between the two cities: “both are cosmopolitan with a creative and flourishing design community and distinctive identity”.

Mucho’s Pablo Juncadella, noting the mutual admiration between the cities, adds that both have developed “under the shadow of two larger capital cities, but have managed to build their own reputation and scene in many areas, including design”.

The five studios, which are all travelling to Manchester for the show’s opening, reflect Barcelona’s creativity but in distinctive processes and styles. These include the handcrafted approach of Lo Siento, the signature combination of geometry and colour of Hey, and conceptually engaging branding courtesy of Mayúscula. All designers,, as well as Sedgwick, have also each created one letter from the exhibition title (see poster artwork below). They are on display as a whole artwork at the TAKK coffee shop, and encapsulate the studios’ different styles nicely.

BCN:MCR is on at 2022NQ, 20-22 Dale Street, M1 1EZ from February 21 to March 7. See bcnmcr.co.uk.


  • http://www.nobraina.co.uk/ Sam

    Are any other Manchester agencies involved?

  • http://www.graphicexpertsonline Medha


  • http://www.cargocollective.com/matttuc Matt

    Looks great!
    Definitely heading over the Manchester in the next few weeks!

  • http://www.designlsc.com Luigi

    Nice work David. Determination to make these things happen in Manchester, is rarely seen. Well done. Looking forward to bumping into you over the coming fortnight.

  • Robert

    Any color on whether this prints/posters will be available for purchase, for those that can’t make it to TAKK in the coming weeks?

  • http://mattsimmondswork.com/ Matt

    Great idea and work, especially Dave’s poster.

    Is the exhibition coming to London? Ha! Only kidding.

  • http://www.leannemallinder.co.uk Leanne Mallinder

    I was lucky enough to go to the talks last night by the agencies involved in BCN:MCR. It was an incredibly interesting and very funny evening. I found it fascinating learning about the concepts behind the agencies work and have come away feeling very inspired. All credit to David Sedgwick for organising such an incredible event. It is definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity.

    @Robert David said last night that when he has recovered from organising BCN:MCR (caught up on some sleep) he is going to look into how he can go out selling the work on display.

  • http://Www.designbydave.co.uk David Sedgwick

    Thanks for all the lovely comments and to Creative Review for featuring the show. Some answers for you then! Sam, no other Manchester agencies just me! The posters may go on sale. I need to work out some logistics first. They will be up in TAKK for quite a long time anyway.

    Keep your eye on the twitter account for updates.


  • http://VeryOwnStudio.com Mark Ferguson

    I visited the exhibition on Saturday. It’s great, well done Dave.

    It would be good to have a return leg in Barcelona. 5 top Manchester agencies (+ sun, sea, sand and some sangria) showing their work. I’d go to that! But who would the 5 agencies be?

    Dave Sedgwick
    The Chase
    True North

    Your thoughts?
    Have I missed anyone in this fantasy Manchester design exhibition?


  • http://www.designbydave.co.uk Dave Sedgwick

    Hello Mark,

    Thank you for featuring me in this list of heavy hitting big boys!

    I think to return Manchester to Barcelona would be a great idea, but one that would require a lot of logistical questions, plus it would be very hard to choose the agencies or designers to attend! I would be leaving it up to the agencies in Spain to pick as i could never be so bold as to suggest anyone myself!

    Lets see. Might be worth enjoying the current show and then worrying about the return leg! I have some ideas though! 😉