The porch is formed by an iron-and-glass structure added so that air would not enter the house directly when the door was opened.
The letter “M”, alluding to Mary, the Mother of God, is sgraffitoed on the wall over the door in the porch, and Gaudí used to salute the statue of Saint Anthony here everyday, doffing his hat every time he entered or left the house.
The hall leads into the ground floor and to the stairs to the first floor. Its walls are in pink plaster with plant and geometric motifs, with a frieze decorated by gold stars.
At the rear of the hall, under the oval-shaped window, is a bronze bust of Antoni Gaudí, a reproduction of the original by the sculptor Joan Matamala i Flotats (1893-1977), who worked for the architect on the Sagrada Família.
The Batlló Room, formerly the dining room, contains an exhibition of the furniture that Gaudí designed for the dining room on the first floor of Casa Batlló, the apartment block in Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, which the architect was commissioned to reform over the 1904-1906 period.
A photograph in this room shows how the furniture was really arranged in the Casa Batlló dining room. The furniture we see here are: an extendable table, five chairs and two benches, seating five and two respectively. The five-seater bench fitted perfectly into the space in the wall where it was originally installed, which explains its shape and the different heights of the back.
This furniture, made from ashwood at the Casas i Bardés workshop in around 1904-1906, are essential for understanding Antoni Gaudí’s approach to design and how such articles were produced in Catalonia during the Art Nouveau period. The ergonomic and functional nature of their design makes them, along with the office furnishings from Casa Calvet, precursors of modern furniture.
A chair and a double sofa from the Casa Batlló offices, which belong to the Gaudí House Museum, are on show at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
The high window in this room was probably built by Gaudí after he moved into the house. The window commanded views of the Hill of the Three Crosses, where a chapel was to have been built for residents on the Park Güell residential estate.
This room features furniture that belonged to the Italian businessman Francesc Chiappo Arietti and his wife Josefina Sala Barucchi. The couple bought and lived in the house after the death of Gaudí.
The objects on show here include, particularly, the pianola and the music rolls collection from the Chiappo musical instrument shop in Barcelona. The rolls, made of perforated paper, are used to play musical pieces automatically on the pianola.
In the adjoining Batlló Room, the former dining room, is a bas-relief portrait of Gaudí that Francesc and Josefina installed here when they moved into the house.
There was probably an oratory in the Calvet Room. The furniture here is from the Calvet family offices on the ground floor of Casa Calvet, the building in Barcelona’s Eixample district that Gaudí designed and completed between 1898 and 1899.
The furniture in this room includes two chairs, a stool, a bench, a photograph frame, and a hanger and a coat of arms of the Calvet family. Made from oakwood at the Casas i Bardés workshop, this furniture has a robust appearance, despite their fine, slender forms. Whilst also attending to aesthetic aspects, Gaudí designed these pieces with their function and user comfort very much in mind.
A chair and a double sofa from Casa Batlló, which belong to the Gaudí House Museum, are on show at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
A display case contains some of Gaudí’s personal effects, including prayer books.
The furniture in this room, designed by Gaudí, come from the sitting room on the first floor of Casa Calvet (Barcelona), which the heirs of Pere Màrtir i Calvet commissioned the Catalan architect to build in the late-19th century.
The objects on show here include an elegant, shapely mirror, a sofa, two armchairs and six chairs with practical wheels on their front legs, as well as four voyeuse stools with arms rests that look like chair backs.
This furniture, made at the Casas i Bardés workshop, is adorned by baroque forms and is made from silk-upholstered gilt wood to give it the luxurious appearance suited to the social function of this room, where the Calvet family received visitors.
The Gaudí House Museum shop is housed in the room that probably served as the summer dining room. The outstanding features here include the ceiling, with polychrome wooden beams, decorated with floral motifs.