The home of artists Mateo Fumero and Minerva Capdevila, co-founders of Turbina Studio, is defined by its fluidity. The pair, partners in life and work, are based in a former dry cleaner in Sants, Barcelona.
There, they live in a warm, raw, textural space with a neutral palette, lots of lush green plants, and an ever-evolving collection of objects.
The open-plan living area they share with their three-year-old daughter, Rita, is connected to their workspace — a large, open room full of machinery, objects and material archives — allowing the artists to step seamlessly between home and work, life and art. From hour to hour, day to day, their young family eludes regularity and routine. Instead, their time is ruled by how they feel, what they need in the moment, and how much longer one of their newly created sculptures might need to dry in the studio, before they can resume work on it. It’s an unconventional way of life, and their space has evolved to accommodate it.
Except, that is, in the kitchen-cum-dining area, which is configured around a simple, elegant table and accompanying bench. Overhead, the skylight provides a direct connection to the sun, the moon and the cosmos, which play such an elemental role in the studio’s practice. (Turbina, whose name refers to the idea “of generating things, of transforming energy, or being in continuous motion”, is driven by the duo’s interest in the universe, the planets and their orbits, space and time.) But Mateo, Minerva and Rita spend much of their time in this family space, cooking nourishing meals for lunch and dinner. The living space is, if you like, the axis on which the whole home turns.