Traveler’s Picks

by Andrew Totter

Jun 2014

Born in 1972, Colne, Lancashire, England. Andrew studied interior design at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, then worked for Alessi, Anouska Hemple Design, Yohji Yamamoto and Michiko Koshino all in London, then at Persuade in Bilbao. After moving to Barcelona in 2011, he launched Openhouse, first as a one year pop-up design and art store and at the same time an on-line architecture, arts and design magazine. With his love for interesting housing, clever design, arts, places and food, in 2012, along with Mari Luz Vidal, he started the Openhouse Project, using their home as a photography gallery and events space, and collaborating with Kinfolk magazine.

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

I would be in a cabin in a forest somewhere in Italy, and not too far from the sea. So I can cook, walk and be quite (with a few friends around, of course).

The restaurant where you feel at home.

Andrew Edmunds in London… This is my favorite restaurant in the world… The food is wonderful, but it is the restaurant with its old wooden church pews, candles and atmosphere that makes it the place I went to with my friends as much as we could when I lived in london.

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

Any of the rooms at the Egerton House Hotel in London. My friend was the manager, and she often had to stay the night… There were many nights I would go and stay with her, the best bit being the breakfast…

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

I never get bored going to Italy… I can’t count the times I have been, and there must be a million places more in Italy that I would like to go. Sicilia is at the top of my list!!!

A dish that recently surprised you.

My boyfriend cooked me a pasta with a sauce of fresh tomatoes, chili and crab meat… It was delicious.

A holiday place from your childhood.

Tiptree in England… My parents had a caravan and because the summer school holidays were long, and my parents were retired when I was young, we used to pass a month or two in Tiptree. It is a place famous for Wilkinson’s Tiptree Jam. We got free place to park the caravan, in a magical field, and for that we had to pick strawberries for the Jam company at least 3 times a week… I think I ate more than I put in the bucket. They also payed the pickers, so I got to buy so much Lego… I was 10

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

Morocco… It’s a different world. It will open a child’s eyes to many a new thing.

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate, what would that be?

Casa das Canoas, Oscar Niemeyer’s own house Rio de Janeiro. It’s one of the most beautiful houses in the world, surrounded by forests and with a few to the sea.

A view you will never forget.

The view from my Aunt Lilly’s living room in Dent. The hills of the Yorkshire Dales are the most beautiful in the world.

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

Brunswick House Café, London. Amazing to take a coffee in the middle of an architectural salvage showroom, surrounded by antiques and history.

A place you wish it was just round the corner.

My boyfriend’s house (Florence).


Cover photo by Mariluz Vidal



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