Barcelona’s Ikibana, designed by El Equipo Creativo, reflects the paradox of its Japanese/Brazilian fusion cuisine. Fluid, dynamic and dramatic, the contours of the design create small islands of seating while the wooden panels extend from the seating and weave into the ceiling. The robust, sensuous connotations of Brazil are mixed with the refinement and minimalism of traditional Japanese art – the geometric tessellating tables bring muted tropical colours into the space, while the gardens set behind glass panels are a natural element that complements the artificial ‘forest’ of the woven ceiling. The standout feature for me is the wispy, angular light fittings which float over the bar like dandelion clocks.

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