Most of the Art Nouveau buildings all around Catalonia were commissioned by indianos, emigrants who had made a fortune in America. Apart from their wealth, they also imported Havaneras, seafaring songs from the island of Cuba. This genre was deeply rooted in Catalonia, which is why Casa Navàs wants to offer a special visit during local festivities that combines Art Nouveau and habaneras singing. First, there will be a guided tour of the house, and at the end of it, you can enjoy the concert on the terrace drinking a fine glass of vermouth from Reus. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Les Veus de Reus habaneras group will offer a concert. Booking until 24th September.
Times: 17:00h / 17:30h / 18:00h / 18:30h
Its decoration is a manifestation of the richness of spaces that await us in the rest of the house and an exhibition of decorative arts, with beautiful samples of mosaics, ceramics, artistic carpentry, metalwork, stained glass, applied sculpture and sgraffito.
In the ceiling we can see a skylight of stained-glass windows with a iron and wood structure, and on the wall a great ceramic mosaic with the representation of a garden.
It is a large double height space in which an interior garden always in bloom is recreated, where we find flowers and leaves in sculpted stone, stained glass, metal and woodwork. The floor is of mosaic made with marbles of different colours in the shape of a butterfly.
Decorated with fruits and vegetables, with capitals that refer to hunting and fishing and a small gathering space around the chimney, built with olive wood. The mosaic above the door stands out for the relief on the faces of the characters.
Room dedicated to social life, decorated with photographs of the owners. The walls are upholstered with silk, the sofa is decorated with images in relief and in the centre of the room there is a golden lamp with floral motifs. The main gallery opens onto the Plaza del Mercadal, paved with Roman mosaic.
The master bedroom is made up by a living room and bedroom, separated by a stained glass and woodwork closing.
The ceiling of the room stands out, with a flat vault covered with ceramic mosaic that repeats the same decorative model of the room’s furniture.
The bedroom communicates directly with the bathroom, decorated with a large stained-glass window and with original sinks, bathtub, bidet and footbath from the period.
The kitchen occupies an important space on the noble floor, covered with ceramic, with a flat vaulted roof. The structure of the freight elevator that connects it directly to the shop has been preserved. Here they had to prepare the meals for the Navàs family and the shop workers.
Leaving the kitchen we enter Mr. Navàs’ office and Mrs. Blasco’s room for sewing or receiving visits.
The Terrace offers a large outdoor space with ceramic mosaic pots on wrought iron legs. On the pavement of the terrace are the three large glass skylights that illuminate the shop, and on the walls two large mosaics remind us of King James I leaving Salou by boat for the conquest of Mallorca and an ideal view of the city of Thessaloniki, which recalls the presence of the Catalans in Greece.
Through the service staircase, made of forge, we access the second floor, with ceramic wainscoting and hydraulic paving.
A space for the family’s personal use and for the relation with the workers, with recreation areas such as the music room, with its pianola and a splendid chimney.
One of the values of this floor is the view from the upper galleries of the openings of the staircase and the entrance hall, where, in addition to a diaphanous view of the Roman mosaic floors, one can enjoy the rich play of transparencies that results from the succession of stained glass windows and that enables us to see a group of birds flying freely over an immense sky.