Archives for the month of: August, 2013

This place makes walking the fine line between nostalgia and modernity look effortless. Shortlisted for this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, the Marylebone location is the perfect mix of Spanish traditional design with a spaciousness that makes it seem both established and contemporary. Eclectic collections of ceramics and books line the walls of the smaller rooms, while sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the main bar area reflects off patterned tiles. Barcelona-based Lázaro Rosa-Violán’s other projects can be seen here, many of which are becoming my favourite spaces with their filmic quality and retro detailing.

photos: iberica food & culture ltd.

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The gorgeous extension of the Lisbon aquarium by Campos Costa Arquitectos involves 5000 ceramic scale-shaped tiles, creating subtle, beautiful textures that work with the existing heritage structure. Situated next to a public water feature, the design plays with marine themes without being kitsch to create a valuable public space. See more photos and plans at Designboom.

photo: radek brunecky

photo: vitor gabriel

Tonality and texture are key at Potts Point’s modern Greek restaurant the Apollo. Designed by Sydneysider George Livissianis, the simple colour palette highlights the craftsmanship of the wood, marble and textile finishes and the rawness of the existing building. Drawing inspiration from the rustic coastal towns of the Mediterranean, Livissianis has used the arched windows and stripped back walls to create a feeling of sunlight and age. But it’s not just the same modern furnishings/old building combination, there’s a definite responsiveness to the look and history of Greece – the bright pink subtly used as a feature is derived from old newsprints, traditional dress and signage.

Read in-depth interviews with the designer at ArchitectureAU and Yellowtrace.

Photos: Scott Needham