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The sleek, refined design of São Paulo’s Kaa transforms the restaurant experience into an urban oasis. Isolated from the city by the lush vertical garden containing over 7000 rainforest plants, the space is finished with hardwood, neutral fabrics and warm lighting to emulate the relaxed sophistication of a hotel lounge. A glass retractable roof allows for control of the elements, while the central water feature creates a serene ambiance.

The pared back design is complemented by the careful use of detail, such as the collection of vintage objects behind the bar. As Arthur Casas has said of his work, ‘It’s not about how much you spend, it’s your capacity to transform a space into something interesting.’ See more at the Cool Hunter and Timeout.

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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.

More photos and floor plans available at The Contemporist.