Artisan & Collector; Owner, Mesa Bonita
Bénédicte Bodard didn't set out to be an arbiter of local history, it just sort of, happened. A former wardrobe stylist for film and commercial television, she's now a knowledgeable collector, artisan, and protector of pieces of Barcelona's history that are on the verge of extinction.
Bodard rescues tiles discarded from demolished buildings or in the midst of renovation, and creates artisanal, one-of-a-kind tables from the scraps. The decorative flooring was part of the city's signature architectural aesthetic during the early 20th century's Modernist movement. "Part of the remodeling today, and through the years, sadly consists of removing any design characteristics from the past," says Bodard.